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.
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.
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.
Ahmadinejad, 64, was the former president (2005-2013).
Aref, 69, is a Senior Reformist and former candidate
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.
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.
Fattah, 60, was a former member of the IRGC and senior minister under Ahmadinejad.
Jahangiri, 63, is the current First Vice President.
Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi
Jahromi, 38, is the youngest member of President Rouhani’s cabinet.
Jalili, 55, is a Principalist and war veteran who has served in several key senior government roles.
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).
Larijani, 63, is a former Speaker of the Parliament
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.
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.
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.
Sattari, 49, is an oil industry technocrat, and current Vice President for Science under President Rouhani.
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.
Zarghami, 61, is a former IRGC Brigadier-General who headed the national broadcaster from 2004 to 2014.
Zarif, 61, is the current foreign minister.