Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has submitted his name for candidacy in this year's presidential election. The latter will choose the country's next supreme leader.
Ahmadjinejad was required to step down because of term limit rules in 2013, when President Hassan Rouhani won in a landslide on a promise to reduce Iran's worldwide isolation.
Many Iranians have grown impatient with the slow rate of improvement in their economic fortunes since global financial and trade sanctions were lifted after Iran curbed its disputed nuclear activity under its deal with six world powers.
Running on the platform "More freedom and peace" Rouhani said, "Freedom should be expanded in both scope and strength in this country".
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His toughest competitor is expected to be Ebrahim Raisi, a previously-little-known cleric who registered last week and has since gained wide popularity among Rouhani's opponents.
Born into a religious family in the holy city of Mashhad on August 23, 1960, Raisi is a "seyed" whose geneology is said to lead back to the Prophet Muhammad. "Everyone is running, so I made a decision to run as well", said one candidate, who asked not to be named.
Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised Iran's clerical establishment by registering for the May 19 presidential election, defying the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader's warning not to enter the race.
Associated Press journalists watched as stunned election officials processed Ahmadinejad's paperwork on Wednesday.
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Many are forced to marry early or must work or care for younger siblings, denying them their right to education. She went to Britain for medical treatment and now goes to school there.
He said his decision to run was meant to help former Vice President Hamid Baghaei, a close confidant.
"Despite all the efforts of previous governments, the situation of the country is such that people ask why is there so much unemployment?" he said, adding that he would announce detailed economic plans at a later date.
Once the process ends on Saturday, the prospective candidates will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by the Guardian Council.
The conservative-controlled Guardian Council will vet the hundreds of registered hopefuls over the coming week, before releasing a final list of candidates.
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