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Iran's notorious Ahmadinejad is running for president again

That sets up a potential clash for Khameini, who ultimately will decide the victor of the election and who could be forced to choose between two unappetizing options: The stability of current President Hassan Rouhani, who's relatively liberal voice has often frustrated the Supreme Leader, and alienating a large number of constituents who view Ahmadinejad's tough talk as a source of Iranian pride.

Hardline 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.

Ahmadinejad's two consecutive terms (2005-2013), the so-called "Ahmadinejad era", were characterized by bad governance, suspected financial irregularities, heavy market intervention, and data rigging.

More than 126 people have registered to run for the presidency, Iran state media says.

More than 120 people have filed their candidacy and registration will continue till Saturday before the Guardian Council vets the list based on political and Islamic qualifications. "His advice, however, shouldn't be taken to mean that I'm banned".

Mr Baghaei, 48, was held under arrest in 2015 for nearly seven months on charges that were not made public but many suspected were related to corruption.

On the other hand, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is considered a moderate leader who also negotiated the the nuclear deal with world powers after a long-standing impasse during Ahmadinejad's stint.

Conservatives believe Rouhani is vulnerable because the economy remains weak despite the deal he made to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

Mr Ahmadinejad's eight years in office saw a tightening of worldwide sanctions on the Islamic Republic to curb its nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009 sparked massive protests and a sweeping crackdown in which thousands of people were detained and dozens were killed.

Since the deal, Iran has signed multi-billion-dollar contracts with airplane manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.

Mr Rouhani and his allies have criticisedMr Ahmadinejad's free-spending policies for fuelling inflation and accuse him of wasting Iran's oil revenues. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

"He will go until the end", Javanfekr said.

Some, like 26-year-old electrician Mahmoud Karegar, said Ahmadinejad should be allowed to run.

"In the past, a few elders would sit and come out with some choices, but now it has become a process like a referendum where forces at the bottom can influence the final decision", Abdolhossein Moslemi, a cleric, told AFP. "I won't vote for him".

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