Tehran mayor withdraws from Iran’s presidential race

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The list included Rouhani; Jahangiri; Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf; member of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim; former deputy judiciary chief, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi; and former vice president, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

He launched brutal tirades against Mr Rouhani and his reformist allies in televised debates between the presidential candidates, accusing them of corruption and failing to support the poor.

Also, many residents in the country’s capital had been angry at Qalibaf and Tehran authorities after a massive January fire at a historic high-rise caused the building to collapse, killing 26 people, including 16 firefighters.

The first vice president added that he regarded support for President Rouhani’s administration, which managed to prepare the ground and make up for the past mismanagement, as the support for the entire Islamic establishment. “I will vote alongside all of you for Rohani”, Jahangiri was quoted as saying by the hard-line Tasnim news agency to his supporters in Fars Province.

To win, the candidate must score more than 50 percent of the vote.

There are now four candidates running for presidency, including Rouhani, Ebrahim Raeisi, Mostafa Hashemitaba and Mostafa Mirsalim.

The former prosecutor is now head of a multi-billion-dollar charitable foundation that manages donations to Iran’s holiest shrine in the city of Mashhad. “But some of Galibaf’s votes will go to Rouhani’, as moderate conservatives will vote for him”, she explained.

Former president Mohammad Khatami, considered the spiritual leader of Iran’s reformists, urged voters on Sunday (May 14) to re-elect President Hassan Rouhani and support his policy of seeking to end Iran’s isolation from the rest of the world.

Abrams notably doesn’t have much to say about the nuclear deal with Iran.

In recent weeks, Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric, has lashed out at the conservatives over issues from freedom of speech to corruption and wealthy institutions that don’t pay tax.

That past has anxious moderates and reformists in Iran. “For a better future and to strengthen hopes, give your vote to Rouhani”.

If conservative voters unite behind Raisi, they could tip an election that just a few weeks ago, surveys suggested, was heading toward a straightforward victory for Rouhani.

Raisi is believed to be Rouhani’s main rival in the race but it’s not clear if Raisi will be unable to unseat him.

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