Two new candidates announced they are running for President. Former IRGC and Basij officer Ali-Reza Afshar became the latest military candidate; as the former head of Iran’s Election Headquarters, Afshar has insider knowledge of the workings of the electoral system. The second candidate, Sadegh Khalilian, became the latest Ahmadinejad Era cabinet member to nominate; Khalilian has put forward a conservative anti-corruption economic platform alongside a general repudiation of the current administration’s policies.
Another Ahmadinejad era minister, Sadegh Khalilian, has indicated they will register as a Presidential candidate. Khalilian served as Minister for Agriculture in both terms of the Ahmadinejad government, and was a key figure in the subsidy plans of the era. Khalilian has indicated he is running as an independent.