Iran presidential election campaign begins

Tehran

Campaigning has begun for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against Principlists who criticize his handling of the economy.
Rouhani’s main rivals in the race appear to be Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, a senior cleric who heads a major charity organization, as well as Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf.
Rouhani’s deputy Es’haq Jahangiri as well as two more low-key candidates are the other contenders who had their qualifications approved by the Guardian Council, Iran’s top vetting body.
They were among more than more than 1,600 hopefuls who registered to run for president.—Agencies

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