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Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running again

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UPDATE April 20, 3:16 p.m. EST:  Ahmadinejad has been "disqualified."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was known for fiery rhetoric during his tenure as president of Iran.

Now he has filed to run for president again, despite urging from the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

His aggressive style may appeal to voters seeking a president who can stand up to U.S. President Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Iran and called the nuclear deal "one of the worst deals."

It was an organized mutiny against Iran's ruling system.
Soroush Farhadian, election analyst

Ahmadinejad served two four-year terms from 2005-2013. He became eligible to run again after four years out of office. 

However, he's not universally beloved. Two of his former vice presidents were jailed for corruption since he left office. His 2009 re-election sparked massive protests and a deadly crackdown in response.

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FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 file photo, President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens during a news conference after addressing the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 in New York. Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, discussing immigration, America's wars in the Middle East and other topics. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Ahmadinejad has also accused the West of causing a drought by destroying clouds, claimed his country had no LGBT people, blamed the West for creating HIV and said Osama bin Laden and former President George W. Bush were friends, Newsweek reports.

There is extensive pressure on me from dear people of different walks of life as their small servant to come to the election.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

He dismissed the Ayatollah's urging as "just advice."

The election is set for May 19. A clerical entity called the Guardian Council must vet all candidates before announcing the final list April 27. It usually does not approve dissidents or women attempting to run.

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