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Iran gets in election mode
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_mt2(52).jpgTEHRAN – Iran began gearing up for its 11th presidential election after the Interior Ministry published the final list of approved candidates for the June 14 election.
After a 10-day vetting process, the Guardian Council, a 12-member body consisting of six law experts and six religious jurists that is constitutionally tasked with vetting candidates, approved the qualifications of eight political figures late on Tuesday. 
Ahead of the election, the candidates commented on their platforms.    
Hassan Rohani, a centrist candidate who is the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, has said that his campaign slogan will be “Moderation, wisdom, and prudence.”
Mohsen Rezaei, an independent candidate who is the secretary of the Expediency Council, has said that he has entered the race to restore the value of the national currency and has promised to run the economy competently. 
Principlist Saeed Jalili, who is currently the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, has maintained that the country can make progress and attain dignity by acting upon the Islamic Revolution’s discourse.  
Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, who is a principlist candidate, has vowed to reduce the unemployment rate. 
Former telecommunications minister Mohammad Gharazi, who is an independent candidate, has said that if elected president, he would form a government that would curb inflation. 
MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel has said that the “adoption of an Islamic lifestyle” can help the country combat its economic problems.  
Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati has said that if he is elected president, he will appoint “moderate” and “expert” officials in his administration. 
Pro-reform candidate Mohammad Reza Aref, who formerly served as first vice president, has said that he has centered his economic platform on the people’s livelihood, and particularly on housing policies.

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