Iran's Rouhani Registers as Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections

© REUTERS / Lucas JacksonIranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Acting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani registered on Friday as a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections in the country, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

TEHRAN (Sputnik) – The elections have been scheduled for May 19.

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In February, Iranian Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hossein-Ali Amiri said that Rouhani would participate in the next presidential election.

On Wednesday, Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered as a presidential candidate along with former Vice President Hamid Baghaei and Ex-Cabinet Secretary Masoud Zaribafan.

After the end of the registration, the candidates will participate in televised debates until the pre-election silence day on May 18. The candidate who gains the support of more than 50 percent of voters will become the country's president. If no candidate reaches this threshold, the run-off will be carried out between the two presidential hopefuls receiving the higher number of votes.

Media reported Friday citing the Interior Ministry that so far about 500 candidates had registered for the elections.

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