Iran Hard-Liners Urge Election Ban on 2 Candidates

Iran Hard-Liners Urge Election Ban on 2 Candidates

(AP) Iran hard-liners urge election ban on 2 candidates
TEHRAN, Iran
Hard-line Iranian lawmakers have petitioned authorities to bar two contenders _ a moderate former president and a protege of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad _ from running in next month’s presidential election.

According to a report Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency, about 100 lawmakers appealed to the country’s Guardian Council, which vets and short-lists all those seeking to run in the June 14 election.

One of the lawmakers, Javad Karimi Qodoosi, says they want ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani barred for supporting the opposition in the disputed 2009 vote.

Qodoosi says the lawmakers also want the Council to disqualify Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close confident of Ahmadinejad, for his alleged un-Islamic attitudes.

Rafsanjani and Mashaei last week submitted their candidacies to the Council, which is to announce the finalists later this month.


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.