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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran's Presidential Race

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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 08:16 AM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's divisive former president, has been barred from running for the position again by a group of clerics charged with vetting presidential candidates.

The Guardian Council on Thursday finalized its list of candidates for the country's May 19 election, according to Aljazeera.

Ahmadinejad served two terms as Iran's president before leaving office in 2013.

Although Ahmadinejad's humble origins and populist message is remembered fondly among the poorer segments of the Iranian community, his presidency divided the population and left Iran isolated internationally, per Aljazeera.

The Guardian said the clerics council approved six candidates, including moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Others approved included supreme leader ally Ebrahim Raisi; Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, the mayor of Tehran; Rouhani's first deputy, Eshaq Jahangiri; and little-known politicians Mostafa Agha Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

The list was whittled down from 1,600 nominees, including 137 female candidates, noted The Guardian. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged Ahmadinejad not to run for president again, said Aljazeera.

Ahmadinejad is remembered for his harsh rhetoric toward Israel, questioning aspects of the Holocaust, and his plans to speed up the Iran's nuclear program, reported The Associated Press.

The son of a blacksmith, Ahmadinejad rose to power after he was appointed mayor of Tehran in 2003, said the BBC News.

Ahmadinejad, who holds a doctorate degree in traffic and transport from Tehran's University of Science and Technology, surprised the international community when he defeated incumbent president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for the presidency in 2005.

An Ahmadinejad ally, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, said Ahmadinejad had only run for the presidency again out of "national, religious and revolutionary duty."

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