By The Associated Press
A look at the
main groups and candidates in
_Jamileh Kadivar: Wife of leading reformer Attaollah Mohajerani. Founder of Rosa, an association of women journalists. Entered parliament in 2000.
_Soheila Jelodarzadeh: Two-term parliament deputy. Backed by labor unions.
_Mehdi Karrubi: Islamic cleric, speaker of parliament. First elected in 1988. Close ally of late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of 1979 Islamic Revolution.
_Majid Ansari: Islamic cleric. Member of parliament and Expert Assembly, whose main task is selecting supreme leader. Has been in parliament since revolution.
_Mahmoud Doai: Islamic cleric, part of Khomeini's inner circle. In parliament since revolution. Head of country's oldest newspaper, Iran Etelaat.
- Abadgaran Iran-e-Islami, or Developers of Islamic Iran: Hard-line coalition. Leader Gholamali Haddadadel is parliament member and relative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Has tries to soften image with promises of economic progress.
Abutaleb: Teacher with links to state broadcaster IRIB. Detained
Akhtari: Islamic cleric, Khamenei ally. Friday prayer leader
in Semnan, east of
- Ahmad Tavakkoli: Economics professor. Lost presidential races to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in 1993 and Mohammad Khatami in 2001.
- Gholamali Haddadadel: Head of Abadgaran coalition, professor of physics and philosophy. Daughter married to Khamenei's son.
Sheikholeslam: Former ambassador to