Iran to hold presidential election on June 14, 2013

The Iranian presidential election will be held on June 14, 2013, Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on Saturday adding that the registration of presidential candidates will be conducted from May 7, 2013 to May 11.

“The presidential election will be held simultaneously with Iran’s fourth city council elections,” he added.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Majlis is set to introduce some amendments to the presidential electoral law.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. Candidates for the presidency must be approved by the Guardian Council.

Iranians will choose their seventh president to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the next year’s election.

Nationwide protests were held following the 2009 Iranian presidential election against Ahmadinejad’s disputed victory and in support of opposition candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.The protests were given several titles by their proponents including the Green Revolution, Green Wave or Sea of Green, reflecting presidential candidate Mousavi’s campaign color, and also Persian Awakening.

Opposition candidates claimed that the votes were manipulated and the election was rigged.