Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, former defense minister, fourth commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon, and current military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the first high-ranking political and military figure in Iran to announce his candidacy in the 13th presidential election.
Dehghan was born in 1957 in Shahreza, Isfahan province. He is not the first senior military figure to contend for the Iranian presidency. IRGC Admiral and former defense minister Ali Shamkhani competed in the 2001 presidential elections. Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, former commander of the IRGC’s air force, competed in the 2005 elections. General Mohsen Rezaei, former IRGC commander, was a candidate in the 2009 and 2013 elections. So far, the country’s military figures have not won a majority vote in the presidential election.
Dehghan was introduced to the Islamic Consultative Assembly in August 2013 as the 11th government’s choice to take over the Ministry of Defense and In August 2017 he became an advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in the field of defense industry, by order of Supreme leader Ali Khamenei…
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