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More Prominent Iranian Political Figures Seek Presidency


Saturday is the last day for Iran's presidential hopefuls to apply as candidates in the June election.

Applicants on the final day include former state broadcasting chief Ali Larijani, a conservative who once was an advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Former foreign minister Ibrahim Yazdi also signed up for the ballot to elect a successor to President Mohammad Khatami.

Hundreds of people have applied to run in the election - among them highly favored two-time president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The past chief of the national police, Bager Qalibaf, and the mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are also seeking the presidency.

After the registration period ends, applicants will be screened by the Guardians Council, which will determine the make-up of the presidential ballot.

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