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Presidential candidates registered and approved in Iran 1980-2017

This statistic depicts the number of registered and approved presidential candidates in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1980 to 2017. During the 2017 presidential election, 1,636 presidential hopefuls registered to stand in the election. The Guardian Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran approved six of these candidates to stand in the election. Amongst the rejected candidates were 137 women.

According to Article 115 of the Iranian Constitution, the candidate has to have “religious and political personalities” and he has to fulfill the following categories: be of Iranian origin; Iranian nationality and administrative capacity and resourcefulness; furthermore, have a good past record; be trustworthy and have piety; and have a convinced belief in the fundamental principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is the job of the Guardian Council to evaluate if a presidential hopeful is fulfilling these requirements and under these criteria, approve his candidacy.

Number of registered and approved presidential candidates in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1980 to 2017

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Source

Release date

April 2017

Region

Iran

Survey time period

1980 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Figures are compiled from several reports, including Syracuse University data.

Elected presidents:

1980: Abolhassan Banisadr
July 1981: Mohammad-Ali Rajai
October 1981: Ali Khamenei
1985: Ali Khamenei
1989: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
1993: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
1997: Mohammad Khatami
2001: Mohammad Khatami
2005: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2009: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2013: Hassan Rouhani
2017: Hassan Rouhani

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