Economy remains central for Iran's prospective presidential candidates

29 April 2013

Key Points

  • Although more than 20 people have now announced their intention to run, the most high profile potential candidates have yet to announce their decision.
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is anxious to ensure that the elections proceed without unrest and potentially disruptive candidates will likely be barred from running. However, the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, may attempt to disrupt the process.
  • Despite Ahmadinejad's continued capability to damage the prospects of his opponents, the eventual winner will likely be a more pliable figure close to the Supreme Leader.


As prospective candidates announce their intentions to run in Iran's upcoming June presidential election, the revitalisation of the moribund economy is an increasingly common theme.

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