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Candidates

In Presidential elections in Iran, informal campaigning begins long before the official electoral period. Official nominations will open on May 11 and close on May 15. The Guardian Council, responsible for vetting candidates against the criteria set in the Constitution, will announce the approved candidates on May 26. Below is a list of potential high-profile candidates, some of whom have already announced their intention to run. Read more about the election process here.

Fereydun Abbasi

Abbasi, 62, is senior nuclear scientist and former head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation and has served in the Legislative Assembly since 2020. He survived an assassination attempt in 2010. Abbasi is a technocrat nominee associated with Iran’s nuclear program.

Mohammad-Ali Afshani

Afshani, 61, is an ethnic Lor who has previously served as Governor of Fars Province and interim Mayor of Tehran. Afshani is from the Reformist faction.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad, 64, was the former president (2005-2013).

Mohammad-Reza Aref

Aref, 69, is a Senior Reformist and former candidate

Hossein Dehghan

Dehghan, 64, is a former brigadier-general of the Revolutionary Guards and war veteran, who served as Rouhani’s minister of defence from 2013-2017. Dehghan comes from the military faction and is close to the Supreme Leader, having served as a senior advisor to Khamenei until recently.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf

Ghalibaf, 59, is a former Mayor of Tehran and current Speaker of the Parliament; a senior Principalist.

Mohammad Gharazi

Gharazi, 79, is a former parliamentarian and governor of Khuzestan, who was close to Khomeini in exile, and served in various mid-level and senior cabinet positions during the 1980s and 90s. Gharazi was a surprise candidate in the 2013 election, where he ran as an Independent, not aligned with any faction.

Parviz Fattah

Fattah, 60, was a former member of the IRGC and senior minister under Ahmadinejad.

Eshaq Jahangiri

Jahangiri, 63, is the current First Vice President.

Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi

Jahromi, 38, is the youngest member of President Rouhani’s cabinet.

Saeed Jalili

Jalili, 55, is a Principalist and war veteran who has served in several key senior government roles.

Mostafa Kavakebian

Kavakebian, 58, is a member of parliament who has nominated at the last two presidential elections, only to be disqualified. Kavakebian is a Reformist and the Secretary General of Democracy Party (Hezb-e Mardom-salari).

Ali Larijani

Larijani, 63, is a former Speaker of the Parliament

Saeed Mohammad

Mohammad, 52, is a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards and Commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya construction arm of the IRGC, which is notably involved in the engineering side of the nuclear program, and is under US and EU sanctions. Mohammad is considered a relatively youthful and ideologically committed potential candidate.

Ali Motahari

Motahari, 62, is a high-profile parliamentarian and the son of a key disciple of Khomeini. Traditionally a conservative, he has drawn some sympathy the Reformist camp since his criticism of Ahmadinejad and the 2009 election resulted in violence against him.

Ebrahim Raisi

Raisi, 60, is a senior cleric and current justice minister, he has served as the head of the powerful Imam Reza Shrine foundation and has been a vocal opponent of President Rouhani, losing to him in the 2017 election.

Sorena Sattari

Sattari, 49, is an oil industry technocrat, and current Vice President for Science under President Rouhani.

Hassan Sobhani

Sobhani, 68, is an economist from the University of Tehran and former parliamentarian who has nominated unsuccessfully before. Sobhani has declared himself as an Independent.

Ezzatollah Zarghami

Zarghami, 61, is a former IRGC Brigadier-General who headed the national broadcaster from 2004 to 2014.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif

Zarif, 61, is the current foreign minister.