| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

“Senior military personnel” within competition … conditions that exclude youth from Iranian presidential elections

The Guardian constitutional  Council issued a statement setting the conditions for candidacy and registration in the Iranian presidential elections scheduled for next June 18, according to Fars News  Agency .

The Guardian Council is one of the main regulatory bodies in Iran, and its function is to oversee the work of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, meaning that all Parliament laws must obtain approval from this Council before they are approve The council confirmed the possibility of senior military personnel (with the rank of major general or above), ministers, governors, and mayors in cities with more than 2 million inhabitants, to submit applications for candidacy.

In its statement, the council indicated the necessity of the requirement that a candidate has no criminal record in the Iranian presidential elections.

Among the most prominent conditions for candidacy and registration is that the candidate must be between 40 and 75 years old, have a master’s degree or at least its equivalent, and have held at least 4 years in managerial positions.

And local media considered that both the age and administrative position clauses restricting the access of young people and university professors.

Under the terms, the Minister of Communications in Hassan Rouhani’s government, Muhammad Jawad Azari Jahromi, will not be able to run because he is under the age of forty.

It is noteworthy that nomination applications for the presidential elections begin next Tuesday, May 11, for a period of five days. As of Wednesday, more than 20 personalities announced their intention to run in the elections, which are held once every four years.

Among the personalities who announced their intention to run in the elections are Mohsen Rezaei, Secretary of the Expediency Council for the Interest of the System, Rustam Qasimi, Assistant Commander of the Quds Force for Economic Affairs, Saeed Muhammad, the former commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya headquarters for Reconstruction and Development, former Defense Minister Hussein Dehghan, and Izzat Allah Derghami, the former president of the Radio and Television Corporation.