Iranians on June 14 will cast ballots to pick a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term. Candidates had until May 11 to register for the race, with 686 signing up.
Iranians go to the polls to elect a new president in June. It’s the first vote since 2009 when allegations of fraud erupted into street protests. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is barred from seeking a third consecutive term.
Ali Akbar Velayati was addressing the United Nations as Iran’s foreign minister when a dissident rushed onstage, snatched his speech and tore it up. As security wrestled the man away, Velayati waited calmly with his hands in his pockets.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reprimanded the nation’s president and his political rival for starting a battle in the public eye, stating again the need to preserve a united front to fight western sanctions.