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 Iran s presidential election began on Friday morning at 8 00 a m local time 0330 GMT as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his vote Khamenei urged the Iranians to go to the polling stations for the vote at the earliest time The election of the president is important in the Islamic republic and the people should take note of this point Khamenei said in a live TV broadcast He also hailed the elections as the sign of democracy in Iran Concurrently Iran s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli officially announced the beginning of the presidential elections nationwide Iranian incumbent President Hassan Rouhani also a candidate cast his vote in a ballot box in Tehran s Hosseinieh Ershad on Friday morning Over 60 000 ballot boxes have been prepared nationwide to receive votes Some 56 million Iranians are eligible for voting and will choose the next president for a four year term from among the four candidates On Thursday Iranian Interior Ministry officially announced the names of incumbent Hassan Rouhani Ebrahim Raisi Mostafa Agha Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Taba as the four hopefuls for the Friday presidential election On April 21 out of 1 636 registered candidates six qualified to compete for the four year presidential term including three principalists better known as conservatives as well as two centrists and one reformist On Tuesday Iran s reformist Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri announced his withdrawal from the race in order to back incumbent President Hassan Rouhani urging all his supporters to vote for Rouhani Tehran s Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf a conservative candidate said in a statement on Monday that he withdrew from the presidential race to back Raisi SH
Iran’s presidential poll opens as supreme leader casts vote

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s presidential election began on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his vote.

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Khamenei urged the Iranians to go to the polling stations for the vote at the earliest time.

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The election of the president is important in the Islamic republic and the people should take note of this point, Khamenei said in a live TV broadcast.

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He also hailed the elections as the sign of democracy in Iran.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli

Concurrently, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli officially announced the beginning of the presidential elections nationwide.

Hassan Rouhani

Iranian incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, also a candidate, cast his vote in a ballot box in Tehran’s Hosseinieh Ershad on Friday morning.

Over 60,000 ballot boxes have been prepared nationwide to receive votes.

Some 56 million Iranians are eligible for voting, and will choose the next president for a four-year term from among the four candidates.

Iranian Interior Ministry

On Thursday, Iranian Interior Ministry officially announced the names of incumbent Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raisi, Mostafa Agha-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Taba as the four hopefuls for the Friday presidential election.

On April 21, out of 1,636 registered candidates, six qualified to compete for the four-year presidential term, including three principalists, better known as conservatives, as well as two centrists and one reformist.

Vice President

On Tuesday, Iran’s reformist Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri announced his withdrawal from the race in order to back incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, urging all his supporters to vote for Rouhani.

Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf

Tehran’s Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a conservative candidate, said in a statement on Monday that he withdrew from the presidential race to back Raisi.


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