سه شنبه ۸ فروردین ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۵:۰۶
Ally of Iran Supreme Leader Registers as Presidential Contender
Ali Larijani, a former TV chief and a close adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, registered today in Tehran as a candidate in the presidential election set for June 17. Reuters news agency reports, however, that polls show him lagging behind former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a moderate conservative and former police chief.
The deadline for registering is today. Larijani last year stepped down as head of state radio and television amid accusations of excessive religious programming.
He has denounced Iran's concessions in current nuclear talks with the European Union.
Rafsanjani, by contrast, is widely perceived as a pragmatic conservative who might favor striking a settlement on nuclear activities.