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Iranian ultra-conservative ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put his name forward Wednesday as a candidate to succeed moderate President Hassan Rouhani in elections next month.
"Millions of people across the country have invited me to stand for election, and even ordered me to come here to register, placing a heavy responsibility on my shoulders," Ahmadinejad said, speaking after he submitted his application to the interior ministry.
The build-up to June 18 polls comes as Iran and world powers wrangle over reviving a 2015 nuclear accord, from which the US withdrew unilaterally in 2018, reimposing crippling sanctions.
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"There's still a fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps," Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday.Biden promised during his presidential campaign that he would work to return the U.S. and Iran to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal—which was approved under former Democratic President Barack Obama. Trump campaigned in 2016 against the international accord, withdrawing the U.S. from the treaty in 2018 despite the strong objections of European allies. Currently, Iranian and American officials are negotiating indirectly regarding the future of the JCPOA in Vienna, Austria.
Hopefuls have until Saturday to register, and will then be vetted by the conservative-dominated Guardian Council before a list of approved candidates is published by May 27, after which campaigning begins.
But Iranian media considers Ahmadinejad's chance of being approved are close to zero.
The 64-year-old said that if he is not approved, he will "not participate" in the election, either by backing a candidate or voting.
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Ahmadinejad claimed, as he has often done in recent years, that the Iranian people have lost confidence in the country's authorities.
He added that he considered the upcoming election "perhaps the last chance" to save the Islamic republic in the face of "very sensitive" challenges, both domestic and international.
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Ahmadinejad, president from 2005 to 2013, had to stand down at the end of two consecutive terms as per the constitution -- like outgoing president Rouhani will in June.
In 2009, Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election sparked protests that were severely put down, shaking the Islamic republic.
On Wednesday he was cheered by several supporters as he submitted his name, chanting "we support you!"
The populist ex-president had also put his name forward for the 2017 presidential election, against the advice of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Unsurprisingly, his candidacy was rejected by the Guardian Council, an unelected body dominated by conservatives and responsible for overseeing the presidential polls.
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An Iranian delegate reiterated that a new deal to halt Iran from having a nuclear bomb is dependent on the lifting of U.S. sanctions placed on the Middle Eastern country. © Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi leaves the Grand Hotel on the day the JCPOA Iran nuclear talks are to resume on May 7, 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Araghchi said that a new nuclear deal is dependent on the U.S. lifting its reimposed sanctions.