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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Another high-profile candidate pulls out of Iran’s presidential race

Another high-profile candidate pulls out of Iran’s presidential race:

"Es’haq Jahangiri, Iran’s reform-minded candidate for president, has stepped aside from Friday’s poll, calling on his supporters to “decisively” vote to re-elect president Hassan Rouhani.

The announcement comes one day after hardline candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf withdrew from the race and threw his weight behind Ebrahim Raisi, a senior cleric and former prosecutor-general. Mr Qalibaf’s withdrawal further polarised the election, leaving two leading candidates from different camps.

Mr Jahangiri – currently first vice-president – was a champion of televised debates thanks to his verbal blows to hard-line candidates. Analysts did not expect him to remain in the race and compete against his boss and speculated that his main intention was to help defend the records of Mr Rouhani."



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