Candidate for Iran Presidential Election

  • 01 Jun 2024

On May 31st, 2024, former Iranian parliamentary speaker a prominent conservative was among candidates registering for an early election in June following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

Key Points

  • After the five-day registration period, the Guardian Council, which oversees elections and legislation, will vet the candidates running for the presidency.
  • The vetting process will be seven days and then qualified candidates will have almost two weeks for the election campaign.
  • The Guardian Council will publish the list of qualified candidates on June 11.
  • In Iran's intricate system of clerical rulers and elected officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei holds ultimate authority over all state matters, including nuclear and foreign policies. However, the elected president is responsible for addressing the country's worsening economic hardships.
  • Possible candidates mentioned in Iranian media include Parviz Fattah, a former Guards member and current head of an investment fund linked to the leader; Saeed Jalili, a former chief nuclear negotiator and Khamenei's office head in 2001; Interim President Mohammad Mokhber; and Ali Larijani, former parliament speaker and Khamenei adviser.