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Iran's Ahmadinejad Registers For June Presidential Vote

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will seek another four-year term in June.
TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has registered as a candidate in Iran's June presidential election, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A senior aide had told Reuters in January that the conservative politician would seek a second four-year term, but Ahmadinejad had not himself confirmed his election plans until now.

Iran's Press TV said Ahmadinejad was at the Interior Ministry registration center to officially sign up as an election candidate.

Moderate politician Mir Hossein Musavi, a former prime minister who is expected to be Ahmadinejad's main challenger in the vote, is expected to register on May 9.

More than 170 people have so far signed up to run for president of the world's fifth-largest oil exporter since registration began on May 5, even though most of them face probable disqualification by a clerical watchdog body.