Ex-Iranian President Ahmadinejad submits name for presidential election

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Posted: Apr 12, 2017 3:34 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad submitted his name on Wednesday for registration as a candidate in Iran's presidential election in May, state media reported.

The move by the former hardline president was seen as a challenge to the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had ordered him not to run.

Registration for the May 19 election started on Monday and will last five days, after which entrants will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by a vetting body, the Guardian Council.

(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin)