Middle East

Iran opens registration for May 19 presidential election

  • Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi speaks at Houri mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi speaks at Houri mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi speaks at Houri mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi speaks at Houri mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi, center, arrives at Houri mosque to deliver a speech in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi, center, arrives at Houri mosque to deliver a speech in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

Iran has opened registration for those hoping to run in the May 19 presidential race.

The official IRNA news agency said Tuesday that prospective candidates can register through the end of Saturday. They will then be vetted by the Guardian Council, a clerical body that will announce a final list of candidates by April 27.

President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, is eligible to run for another term. Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Hamid Baghaei, a close ally of former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have announced plans to run.

The election is expected to serve as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, under which Iran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.