By Micah Halpern
Friday April 21, 2017
I've Been Thinking:
Six candidates will be pitted against each other in the Iranian presidential election scheduled for May 19th.
The biggest news so far is that former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from running for the presidency by the Council of Elders, the committee that vets - and then either approves or disapproves, each potential candidate.
The leading candidate in the race is now the incumbent, 68 year old Hassan Rouhani, the liberal leader who brought Iran out of the international doghouse.
Rouhani's biggest competition is Ibrahim Raisi who is 56 years old and a personal friend of the Grand Ayatollah. Raisi is a member of the Assembly of Experts which is the body that will select the next Grand Ayatollah.
Rounding out the list are are two reform candidates and two more conservative candidates.
But remember - this is Iran. Reform and conservative Iranians are a far cry from reform and conservative candidates of the Western world.
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