Interview – Iran’s Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2017 Iranian presidential elections by Agence France-Presse (AFP):

Analyst Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in Stanford University, said his registration was indeed “shocking”.

But his motivation “may be to send an implicit threat to the Guardian Council that if they disqualify Baghaei — like they did his former chief-of-staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei in the 2013 presidential election — he will go back on his pledge and run for president,” said Sabet.

He added that the Guardian Council would find it hard to disqualify Ahmadinejad, a two-time president who previously had the firm support of conservatives and the supreme leader.

“Although it is quite possible that Ahmadinejad will be disqualified by the Guardian Council, this could turn out to be politically messy for them,” said Sabet.

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