'Iran's electoral watchdog to consider banning candidate'

June 10, 2013 08:48


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DUBAI - Iran's electoral watchdog will consider on Monday whether to disqualify a centrist cleric from running for the presidency, just days before Friday's election, Iranian media reported.

The semi-official Mehr news agency, citing an unnamed source, said the Guardian Council would consider barring Hassan Rohani for revealing what it said was classified information on Iran's nuclear program in a televised presidential debate and for some slogans chanted by his supporters during rallies.

Rohani is the most prominent moderate candidate approved to run last month by the Guardian Council, a vetting body made up of clerics and jurists. The slate of eight men is dominated by hardliners and conservatives close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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