INTRODUCTION

The 2013 Iranian presidential election began in earnest this February with the emergence of the first candidates. A recent Fars News Agency report from mid-March now gives us our first look at this election cycle’s crop of candidates, 24 in all, competing to becoming Iran’s next president. Although the actual field of candidates is wider, the Fars News list gives us a good idea of candidates who are actually considered to be within the Islamic Republic’s political establishment and may have a chance of participating. Candidates such as expatriate Professor Houshang Amirahmadi, who has recently gained international attention for announcing his candidacy for the election, have a zero percent chance of making it through the Guardian Council’s vetting process and have thus been excluded from this list.

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