• Iran election lineup as of June 11, 2013
• Claim to fame: -Rising star in Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei’s inner circle -Lead nuclear negotiator since 2007 -Foreign policy acumen and loyalty to Supreme Leader Khamenei • Experience: -Lead nuclear negotiator and secretary and representative of the Supreme Leader to the Supreme National Security Council, 2007-present -Head of European and American Affairs desk at the Foreign Ministry, 2005-2007 Senior official in Office of the Supreme Leader, 2001-2005 -Basij scout with the IRGC’s 5th Nasr Division during Iran-Iraq War • Implications if he wins: -Supreme Leader will have a member of his inner circle in the office of the president • Implications if he loses: -No administrative or domestic policy experience, which are the biggest issues in the race
• Claim to fame: -Mayor of Tehran, very popular for his efforts to improve the city -Senior IRGC commander with impeccable Iran-Iraq War credentials -Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani reportedly told the Supreme Leader’s representative that he would vote for Qalibaf • Experience: -Tehran mayor, 2005-present -Law Enforcement Forces Commander, 2000-2004 -IRGC Air Force Commander, 1997-2000 -IRGC Khatam ol-Anbia Construction Base Commander, 1994-1997 -Commanded several IRGC divisions during and after Iran-Iraq War • Implications if he wins: -Will be the first time that a senior IRGC commander is elected president. Senior IRGC will theoretically have direct channel of influence. Seen as capable of managing Iran’s current domestic struggles • Implications if he loses: -Lacks support among the most hardline factions in Iran, who support Jalili
• Claim to fame: -Old faithful. A Khamenei insider for decades • Experience: -Senior adviser to the Supreme Leader for foreign affairs, 1997-present -Expediency Council member, 1997-present -Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1981-1997 • Implications if he wins: -A vote for Velayati is a vote for the status quo. Velayati has more support among traditional conservatives than the neo-hardliners who support Jalili • Implications if he loses: -Velayati has some support among traditional conservatives but is not a popular candidate
• Claim to fame: -Another Khamenei insider (father-in-law of Khamenei’s son Mojtaba) -Doesn’t have wide popular support, but is the only candidate previously elected to national office • Experience: -Senior adviser to the Supreme Leader, 2008–present -Member of Parliament (Tehran), 2005–present -Speaker of Parliament, 2005–2008 -Expediency Council member, 2002–present • Implications if he wins: -A win is highly unlikely • Implications if he loses: -Expected
• Claim to fame: -Commander of the IRGC for 16 years, 1981-1997 -Ran for president unsuccessfully in 2005 and 2009 • Experience: -Expediency Council secretary, 1997-present -IRGC Commander, 1981-1997 • Implications if he wins: -A win is highly unlikely after receiving less than 2 percent of the vote in 2009 • Implications if he loses: -Expected
• Claim to fame: -Independent candidate -Old school revolutionary without any apparent base of support • Experience: -Minister of post, telegraph, and telephone, 1985-1997 -Oil minister, 1981-1985 • Implications if he wins: -Never going to happen • Implications if he loses: -None
• Claim to fame: -Reformist candidate with no chance of winning or notable base of support • Experience: -Expediency Council member, 2002-present -First VP under President Mohammad Khatami, 2001-1005 -Minister of post, telegraph, and telephone, 1997-2000 -Tehran University president, 1994-1997 • Implications if he wins: -Not going to happen • Implications if he loses: -See claim to fame
-Nuclear negotiator under President Mohammad Khatami -Considered a reformist of sorts • Experience: -Supreme National Security Council secretary, 1989-2005 -Lead nuclear negotiator, 2003-2005 • Implications if he wins: -Could win reformers’ support, but unlikely the Supreme Leader and IRGC will allow him to win - Rouhani’s criticism of security atmosphere while supporters chanted pro-Green Movement slogans led to clampdown on his campaign • Implications if he loses: -Expected