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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to run in this year’s election

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Karim Kadim/Pool (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS)

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run in this year’s election to be held on the 19th of May.

He has declared his candidacy in spite of an admonition from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who has said that Ahmadinejad’s candidacy would ‘polarise’ Iran.

Ahmadinejad is considered a hardliner both on domestic and foreign policy issues.

By contrast, his successor, current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen as a moderate. It has been under Rouhani that Iran has increased its prestige in many parts of the Arab world by helping the secular Ba’athist government of Syria to fight Salifist/Wahhabist terrorist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and FSA.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles during an interview with Ann Curry from the U.S. television network NBC in Tehran, in this picture taken September 18, 2013, and provided by the Iranian Presidency. Rouhani said in the television interview with NBC News on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons and that he had "complete authority" to negotiate a nuclear deal with the West.   Reuters/President.ir/Handout via Reuters  (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Rouhani is eligible to stand for another Presidential term but he has yet to indicate whether or not he intends to do so.

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