List of candidates in the Iranian presidential election, 2013

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This is a list of candidates in 2013 Iranian presidential election which was held on 14 June 2013. This list includes candidates who announced, withdrew, declined or were disqualified their nomination for the election.

Background[edit]

The next election of the President of Iran was scheduled to be held on Friday, 14 June 2013. If no presidential candidate polls 50 percent of the vote on the first round, a runoff was scheduled to be held on 21 June. It was elected the Hassan Rouhani as the seventh President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Guardian Council, a 12-member body consisting of six jurists and six theologians, was tasked with vetting hopefuls for their qualifications and confirming the election results.

List[edit]

The candidates are listed in below in four groups (conservatives, reformists, liberals and independents). More than of 40 famous persons are registered for the election.

Coalition Party Picture Name Last political post Level
Announced Registered* Withdraw Qualified Votes
Conservatives
Progression Alliance
(2+1)
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf2 cropped.jpg
Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf
(born 1961)
Mayor of Tehran
(since 2005)
Yes Yes No Yes 6,077,292
Ali Akbar Velayati
(born 1945)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1981–1997)
Yes Yes No Yes 2,268,753
Haddad cropped.jpg
Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel
(born 1945)
Chairman of the Parliament
(2004–2008)
Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
Abadgaran
(Cabinet Alliance)
Mashai Russia June 2009.jpg
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
(born 1960)
Chief of Staff of the President
(since 2009)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Sadeq Vaeez Zadeh
(born 1964)
Head of National Elites Foundation
(2005–2009)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
No image.svg
Mohammad Reza Rahimi
(born 1949)
First Vice President
(since 2009)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Javanfekr.jpg
Ali Akbar Javanfekr
(born 1959)
Managing-Director of IRNA
(since 2010)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
No image.svg
Sadeq Khalilian
(born 1959)
Minister of Agricultural
(since 2009)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
No image.svg
Ali Nikzad
(born 1954)
Minister of Housing
(since 2011)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Mehdi Chamran.JPG
Mehdi Chamran
(born 1941)
Chairman of City Council of Tehran
(since 2003)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Nasrin Soltankhah.jpg
Nasrin Soltankhah
(born 1963)
Head of National Elites Foundation
(since 2009)
No No N/A N/A N/A
Dr.elham.JPG
Gholam-Hossein Elham
(born 1959)
Minister of Justice
(2006–2009)
No No N/A N/A N/A
Hamid Baqai.JPG
Hamid Baqai
(born 1969)
Head of Presidential Center
(since 2011)
No No N/A N/A N/A
Front of Islamic Revolution Stability
(Paydari)
Saeed Jalili cropped.jpg
Saeed Jalili
(born 1965)
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council
(since 2007)
Yes Yes No Yes 4,168,946
No image.svg
Kamran Bagheri Lankarani
(born 1965)
Minister of Health
(2005–2009)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
No image.svg
Parviz Fattah
(born 1961)
Minister of Energy
(2005–2009)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Conservatives Majority Alliance
(Aksariat)
Munich Security Conference 2010 - dett mottakki 0025.jpg
Manouchehr Mottaki**
(born 1953)
Minister of Foreign Affairs
(2005–2010)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Hassan Aboutorabi Fard
(born 1953)
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
(2010–2011)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Mohammad Reza Bahonar - Nishapur 2.JPG
Mohammad Reza Bahonar
(born 1951)
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
(since 2004)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
No image.svg
Yahya Ale Eshaq
(born 1949)
Minister of Commerce
(1993–1997)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Mostafa Pourmohammadi portrait (3).jpg
Mostafa Pourmohammadi
(born 1959)
Minister of Interior
(2005–2008)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
United Front of Conservatives
(Motahedan)
No image.svg
Alireza Zakani
(born 1965)
Member of the Parliament
(since 2004)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Msc 2007-Saturday, 11.00 - 13.00 Uhr-Zwez001 Impressionen-Redner Larijani.jpg
Ali Larijani
(born 1958)
Chairman of the Parliament
(since 2008)
No No N/A N/A N/A
Haghani Circle
(Motahedan)
No image.svg
Ali Fallahian
(born 1945)
Minister of Intelligence
(1989–1997)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Abulhassan Navab
(born 1958)
No political post
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Moderation and Development Party
(E'tedal)
Rezaee.JPG
Mohsen Rezaee
(born 1954)
Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council
(since 1997)
Yes Yes No Yes 3,884,412
N/A
No image.svg
Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh
(born 1956)
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
(2011–2012)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Parviz Kazemi
(born 1958)
Minister of Welfare
(2005–2006)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Alireza Ali Ahmadi
(born 1959)
Minister of Education
(2006–2009)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
N/A
Mehmanparast at the Wall Street Uprising conference.jpg
Ramin Mehmanparast
(born 1956)
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
(2010–2013)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Reformists
Green Movement
(Green Path of Hope)
Zahra Rahnavard.jpg
Zahra Rahnavard
(born 1934)
No political post
No No N/A N/A N/A
Democracy Party
Hassan Rouhani cropped.jpg
Hassan Rouhani
(born 1948)
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council
(1989–2005)
Yes Yes No Yes 18,613,329
Mostafa Kavakebian2.jpg
Mostafa Kavakebian
(born 1963)
Member of the Parliament
(2004–2012)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Islamic Iran Participation Front
(Jebhe Mosharekat)
Mohammad Reza Aref2 cropped.jpg
Mohammad Reza Aref
(born 1951)
First Vice President
(2001–2005)
Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A
No image.svg
Mohsen Mehralizadeh
(born 1956)
Head of National Sports Organization
(2000–2005)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
Executives of Construction Party
(Sazandegi)
Rafsanjani.jpg
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(born 1934)
President
(1981–1997)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
محمد شریعتمداری.JPG
Mohammad Shariatmadari
(born 1960)
Minister of Commerce
(1997–2005)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Dr. Ali Najafi.jpg
Mohammad-Ali Najafi
(born 1952)
Minister of Education
(1989–1997)
No No N/A N/A N/A
National Trust Party
No image.svg
Elias Hazrati
(born 1961)
Member of the Parliament
(1988–2004)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
House of Labours
No image.svg
Hossein Kamali
(born 1953)
Minister of Labour
(1989–2005)
Yes No N/A N/A N/A
N/A
Asgharzadeh.JPG
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh
(born 1955)
Chairman of City Council of Tehran
(1999–2003)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Akbar A'lami
(born 1954)
Member of the Parliament
(2000–2008)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi
(born 1962)
Member of the Parliament
(1996–2008)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Javad Etaat
(born 1963)
Member of the Parliament
(2000–2004)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
N/A
No image.svg
Masoud Pezeshkian
(born 1954)
Minister of Health
(2001–2005)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
Liberals
National Front
A. Bazargan.jpg
Abdolali Bazargan
(born 1943)
No political post
No No N/A N/A N/A
People's Mujahedeen
Maryam2006.jpg
Maryam Rajavi
(born 1953)
President of National Council of Resistance
No No N/A N/A N/A
Independents
MohmmadGharazi.jpg
Mohammad Gharazi
(born 1941)
Minister of Post
(1985–1997)
Yes Yes No Yes 446,015
No image.svg
Mohammad Saeedikia
(born 1946)
Minister of Housing
(2005–2009)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Dr.Sobhani.jpg
Hassan Sobhani
(born 1953)
Member of the Parliament
(1996–2008)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Mohammed Bagher Kharrazi
(born 1959)
No political post
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Ahmad Kashani
(born 1947)
Member of the Parliament
(1980–1988)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Tahmasb Mazaheri
(born 1953)
Governor of Central Bank
(2007–2008)
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
Amirahmadi Houshang croped.jpg
Hooshang Amirahmadi
(born 1947)
No political post
Yes Yes N/A No N/A
No image.svg
Davoud Ahmadinejad
(born 1950)
Head of Presidential Commission
(2005–2008)
Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A
  • * Registrations took place from 7 to 11 May 2013.
  • **Mottaki was left the party on 10 May 2013.[1]

Alliances[edit]

Conservatives[edit]

Cabinet Alliance[edit]

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated he will not endorse anyone or interfere in the election to chose his successor,[2] however he announced he will support Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei if he will be confirmed, two other cabinet members, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi and Sadeq Khalilian is also registered without the support of Ahmadinejad:

Progression Alliance[edit]

The following three candidates also known as 2+1 formed a coalition between themselves that one of the three will register for the election and the remaining two will support him, however all of those registered and the main candidate will be announced in a later which it is possible that all will be enter to the elections. This coalition consist of:[3]

Front of Islamic Revolution Stability[edit]

This political group was founded by former Ahmadinejad ministers and supporters who believe in his election message but they are not supporting his actions anymore. For the following election, their main candidates are among Kamran Bagheri Lankarani, Saeed Jalili and Parviz Fattah.[4][5] Kamran Bagheri Lankarani was elected as their candidate on 20 April 2013.

Conservatives Majority Alliance[edit]

The following announced candidates will also chose one with most popularity to officially register for the election. On May 9 after selection of Aboutorabi Fard was announced, Mottaki declared he will not accept this selection and will run separately:[6]

United Front of Conservatives[edit]

The main candidate was elected by a majority vote of the congress on 10 May 2013:

Combatant Clergy Association[edit]

Despite being associated with the CCA, Hassan Rouhani was not supported by the party as he progressed in the election. The party eventually had no candidate that they directly supported.

Reformists[edit]

Moderation and Development Party[edit]

Hassan Rouhani announced his registration after his mentor Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was disqualified. Rouhani had gained heavy reformist support throughout his election campaign, with himself being a centrist moderate with ties to the conservative faction.

Democracy Party[edit]

On 15 January 2013, Democracy party elected their party leader, Mostafa Kavakebian as their sole candidate for the upcoming election. Kavakebian also said that he will withdraw if Mohammad Khatami announced his candidacy.[citation needed]

House of Labours[edit]

The party elected Hossein Kamali as their candidate on 22 November 2012 but Kamali withdrew on 11 May 2013. The supporting candidate will be elected on 25 May 2013.[citation needed]

Executives of Construction Party[edit]

After Mohammad-Ali Najafi announced he will not register for the election, the party announced their support for Hassan Rouhani after their candidate Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was disqualified:

Association of Combatant Clerics[edit]

Mohammad Khatami was considered to be a very popular frontrunner with a lot of support in the election, but he was eventually disqualified, the party then announced their support for Hassan Rouhani:

Islamic Iran Participation Front[edit]

Mohammad-Reza Aref eventually became the sole reformist in the final confirmed group of candidates in the election. He withdrew on the advice of Mohammad Khatami so the vote would not be split between Aref and Hassan Rouhani, Aref upon withdrawing immediately announced his support for Rouhani.

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