Two Candidates Drop Iran’s Presidential Race

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Tuesday, 11 June 2013


iran electionsTwo of the eight candidates running in Iran's upcoming presidential election have dropped out of the race ahead of Friday's election.

Mohammad Reza Aref announced his decision to withdraw Monday on his campaign website.

Aref, 62, is a reformist and was Iran's vice president from 2001 to 2005, during Khatami's presidency.
Haddad-Adel, 68, is a conservative and former speaker of the parliament.
The election is scheduled to take place Friday.
Haddad-Adel said he stepped aside after evaluating the situation and the reality on the ground.
Four years ago, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election with 62.63% of the vote, according to Iranian government sources. His nearest rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi received 33.75%.

The six candidates in Iran's presidential election are Hassan Rohani, who is the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election after the Guardian Council vets the candidates.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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The move is likely to be seen as an attempt to bolster the reformist vote in favour of Hassan Rowhani, who has been running well in the polls recently.

Hours earlier, another candidate, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, also said he wouldn't be contesting.
"On Monday evening, I received a letter from Sayyed Mohammad Khatami and decided my presence to the election is not beneficial to overall reform," he said on his official website.

Aref, 62, is a reformist and was Iran's vice president from 2001 to 2005, during Khatami's presidency.
Haddad-Adel, 68, is a conservative and former speaker of the parliament.
The election is scheduled to take place Friday.
Haddad-Adel said he stepped aside after evaluating the situation and the reality on the ground.
Four years ago, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election with 62.63% of the vote, according to Iranian government sources. His nearest rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi received 33.75%.

The six candidates in Iran's presidential election are Hassan Rohani, who is the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election after the Guardian Council vets the candidates.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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