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21 April 2017, 02:27 | Darnell Patrick
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So how does it all work and what happens next? Baqaee also registered for the presidency. It's still a lot of candidates, though.
More than 120 people, including six women, submitted their names on the first day of registration on Monday, local media reported. At least 120 people have registered as candidates.
During Ahmadinejad's administration, Iran faced heavy global sanctions for its nuclear program, which Western countries said aimed to develop weapons.
The former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who served two terms between 2005 and 2013, registered as a candidate on Tuesday.
Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hard-line cleric close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on April 14 filed to run and is considered by many to be the 68-year-old Rohani's main challenger.
He also expressed satisfaction with his foreign policy attainments and said as he had pledged during his presidential campaign in 2013, he has taken steps to improve relations with the world and to interact constructively with the western countries. The deal allowed Iran to return to worldwide markets in exchange for curbing its nuclear weapons program.
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"I have come to be the candidate for the whole of Iran". That's not to say it will be easy for Rouhani.
The May 19 polls are widely seen as a referendum on the landmark 2015 nuclear deal for the Islamic republic to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of crippling global sanctions, and are expected to be a battle between reformists and hardliners. For voters, the economy matters. The council controls elections and must approve all laws passed by parliament. In 2006, he was elected to the Assembly of Experts that has powers to choose the next supreme leader, and now sits on its board of directors. He said he would run as an "independent" and described himself as a "soldier" of Iran.
The disputed re-election of Mr Ahmadinejad in 2009 triggered the biggest protests in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration earlier this year announced it was putting Iran "on notice" in part over its ballistic missile tests, and last week pounded a Syrian air base with cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack.
Others believe Rouhani has depleted his political capital with the Supreme Leader by securing his consent to the 2015 nuclear deal, leaving nothing for domestic reforms.
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