Former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejah, had surprisedly registered for next month’s presidential election.
Mr Ahmadinejah have promised supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that he won’t stand, after two previous tenures of four years each, which ended in 2013.
However, He said he remained committed to his “moral promise” to Khamenei of not running for the May 19 election.
Khamenei’s “advice was not a ban”, he said at the interior ministry where registration was taking place.
“I repeat that I am committed to my moral promise [of not running] and my presence and registration is only to support Mr Baghaie.”
In 2009, Ahmadinejad’s re-election was followed by one the largest protests to hit the country since the Islamic revolution three decades before.
Two candidates backed by reformists Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi – who have been under house arrest since February 2011 – contested the results.
Both of Ahmadinejad’s terms were also marked by anti-Western and anti-Israeli rhetoric, including questioning the Holocaust.
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