Iran opened the registration process for candidates in the fortchcoming preidential elections on Tuesday, with a number of conservative candidates coming forward, AFP reported. Current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand in the poll under Iranian law, as he’s already served two consecutive terms. This year’s election will be watched closely by the rest of the world, after the previous election, won by Ahmadinejad, sparked mass protests throughout the country that were violently suppressed.
Ahmadinejad’s successor faces an array of challenges, ranging from a stagnant economy and near-isolation diplomatically.
A number of conservatives have expressed their hopes to stand in the elections, although the more reformist candidates are yet to come forward.