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Presidential hopeful Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (file photo)

Presidential hopeful Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (file photo)

Chairman of the Expediency Council and presidential hopeful, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has expounded his plans and policies in case he wins the June 14 election. Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a statement on Tuesday that he will place special emphasis on the country’s development plan in order to overcome the ongoing economic vows, while pledging to boost national unity and cooperation in Iran. Hashemi Rafsanjani served as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997. In 2005, he ran for a third term in office, but he lost the race to his rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The registration for the 11th presidential election of Iran ended on May 11, with 686 individuals having signed up for the race. They will be vetted for qualifications by the Guardian Council, which is a 12-member body consisting of six jurists and six theologians who in addition to vetting hopefuls are also tasked with confirming the election results. Under Iran’s election law, the Guardian Council is required to announce the list of approved candidates within five days after the end of registration. This period can be extended for another five days. MP/SS
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