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June 10, 2013

Iran's Presidential Candidates

by VOA News

Six men are vying to become Iran's next president in the June 14 election. Their candidacies were approved by Iran's Guardian Council - a group of clerics and jurists that vets potential candidates.

To win, a candidate must get 50 percent of the vote.  If no one succeeds after the initial vote, a runoff election will be scheduled a week later.

The list is dominated by ultraconservative loyalists of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Western analysts consider Saeed Jalili, Iran’s current chief nuclear negotiator, as the front-runner.