Iran's Guardian Council has knocked out two top candidates for the top political job in Iran. The Council, comprised of theologians, has angered outgoing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with its decision.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran will bypass "illegal and cruel" US sanctions. However, history shows that skirting sanctions have had catastrophic economic effects for Iran, says DW's Jamshid Barzegar.
The Iranian president has been summoned before parliament for the first time since he assumed office in 2013. Under pressure from allies and rivals alike, Hassan Rouhani has pledged to defeat reimposed US sanctions.
Hard-line ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who ruled Iran for eight years, has been barred by the Guardian Council from running in next month's presidential election. His ally Hamid Baghaie has also been disqualified.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered to run in Iran's presidential election, against the will of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This provocation harms the entire regime, says Iran expert Bahman Nirumand.
© 2018 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version