Iran Presidential Election 2021: Here's Who's Running!
Iran’s Interior Ministry has issued a final list of the candidates found eligible by the Constitutional Council to run for president in the upcoming election
The list, which was released on Tuesday, includes Sayyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Mohsen Rezaei, Alireza Zakani, Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh, Saeed Jalili, Sayyed Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, and Albdolnasser Hemmati.
A brief look at Iran’s presidential Candidates:
Sayyed Ebrahim Raeisi:
Sayyed Ebrahim Raeisi was born on 14 December 1960 in the Noghan district of Mashhad. He holds a master's degree in the field of "International Private Law” and a Ph.D. in "jurisprudence and fundamentals of Islamic law".
He has been the chief of Iran’s Judiciary since 2019. He has served in several positions in Iran's judicial system, such as Attorney General (2014 to 2016), and Deputy Chief Justice (2004 to 2014). He was also Prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutor of Tehran in the 1980s and 1990s. He currently serves as the head of Iran’s Expediency Council.
Mehralizadeh is 67 years old, from Khuzestan province. He holds a doctorate in economics. Mehralizadeh is one of the founders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. He led the Revolutionary Guards during the difficult phase of the Eight Years' War. He is currently the secretary of the Expediency Council, and he went through many electoral experiences in 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
The 56 year old Alireza Zakani holds a doctorate in nuclear medicine. He has been a member of the Shura Council for three sessions, and is currently the head of the research center.
The 65 years old Mohsen Mehralizadeh is a former Governor of Isfahan Province. He was a Vice President of Iran and the head of the National Sports Organization of Iran under President Khatami. Furthermore, Mehralizadeh was the governor of the Khorasan in Khatami's first term of presidency.
Saeed Jalili, 56 years old, holds a doctorate in Islamic knowledge and political science. Jalili served as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator in talks with major world states on the country’s nuclear program.
Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi
Ghazizadeh-Hashemi is a lawmaker. The 50 year old was born in Khorasan Governorate. He holds a doctorate in medicine, he previously held the following positions: Director of Samnan University for Medical Sciences, member of the Shura Council in its 8, 9, 10 and 11 sessions, and is currently Vice President of the Shura Council.
The 63 years-old Iranian politician is also an economist who currently serves as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran. He was previously vice president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (1989–1994), governor of the Central Insurance of Iran (1994–2006; 2016–2018), the Chief Executive Officer at Sina Bank (2006–2013) and Bank Melli Iran (2013–2016).
Iranians will go to the polls on June 18 to choose a successor to incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. This is the country’s 13th presidential election.