AP Interview: Iran presidential candidates await vetting

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian official says that approving a variety of candidates for Iran’s presidential election could help boost turnout for a vote that authorities already worry may see little enthusiasm. Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei’s comments Tuesday come after more than 590 people registered to run for the position during a five-day span last week — far less than the 1,630 people who registered in 2017. Kadkhodaei of the Guardian Council spoke to The Associated Press as the state-owned polling center ISPA has warned of the possibility of a turnout as low as 39% — the lowest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. 

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