BREAKING: Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in presidential election - state media— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 20, 2017
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.
It was an organized mutiny against Iran's ruling system.
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.
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.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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