Iranian men attend the general assembly of conservatives in Tehran on April 6, 2017 to decide on a shortlist of five candidates for the presidential election.
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Seeking to regain the presidency by stopping Rouhani winning a second four-year term, Iran's powerful hard-liners have been gearing up for a showdown in the May 19 vote.Raisi is part of a shortlist of five presidential candidates – that includes Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf who came second to Rouhani in 2013 – announced by Iran's conservatives.Rouhani won the presidency with the backing of mainly young people and women. He promised to bring Iran out of its international isolation and create a freer society.
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