Saeed Mohammad Mayor of Tehran?

Speculation rose today that number of disqualified candidates may be parachuted into the role of Mayor of Tehran, with Saeed Mohammad at the top of the list. The rumoured names also included Hossein Dehghan and Rostam Ghasemi both of whom, like Saeed Mohammad, have given their support to Ebrahim Raisi since standing down or being disqualified. Local council elections will take place throughout Iran on the same day as the Presidential election.

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Rostam Ghasemi Registers

Senior IRGC officer and former Petroleum Minister Rostam Ghasemi was another high-profile candidate to register today. Ghasemi, who is on an EU sanctions list owing to his position in the IRGC, has had a colourful campaign so far, having been the target of an attempted assassination in Lebanon in March, and calling the Foreign Ministry unpatriotic in April after it disputed claims that he made about Iran’s support for the Houthis in Yemen.

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Ghasemi Officially Announces Candidacy

IRGC officer Rostam Ghasemi officially announced his candidacy today, after more than a month of campaigning, stating that he would focus on fixing Iran’s economic problems and that he was ready “to make Iran proud”. Ghasemi is a controversial figure; an Oil Minister under Ahmadinejad, he is on an EU sanctions list, was the target of an apparent assassination attempt in Lebanon in March, and recently involved himself in a war of words with the Foreign Ministry regarding the extent of the IRGC presence in Yemen. 

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Ghasemi: I will be a President for all Iranians

Conservative candidate Rostam Ghasemi told Tasnim that if elected he would be a President for all Iranians, not just his supporters. Ghasemi also reiterated his slogan regarding candidates who lack experience in the Executive Branch of government: “If you have never sailed, how can you manage the ship of the Iranian economy?” Ghasemi also played down his connections to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stating that he expects the former president to be a candidate, and added that he had along with other “military candidates” about not destroying each other’s reputations.

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