In Iran started the regular elections of the President of the country, polling stations opened at 8 a.m. local time (06:30 Moscow time), reports local news Agency Tasnim.

One of the first in the elections voted Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he gave his vote at a polling station in Tehran. Khamenei has cast his ballot in the ballot box in the presence of dozens of reporters and photographers. He called the election “a blessing” and called on Iranians to come to vote on them as early as possible, so as not to delay this act of kindness.

“I believe that the presidential election is very important. The fate of the country lies in the hands of all the people, who elect the chief Executive. They (the people) should pay attention to the importance of this action,” said Iranian Supreme leader.

The current presidential elections in Iran are already 12-mi in the country’s history. They have been held since 1979, when the country came true Islamic revolution in which the monarchy was abolished. To the highest post claim four candidates, including current President Hassan Rouhani, Ibrahim Raisi, Mostafa and Mostafa Hashemite Aka-Mirsalim.

Two more candidates, Ishaq Jahangiri and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf were approved to participate in the elections, but later withdrew from the presidential race, announcing his support for Rouhani and Raisi respectively. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not allowed to participate in elections as candidate.

Favorites are running for a second term incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who support the Iranian reformers, and the candidate from the conservative camp Ebrahim Raisi, who actively supported law enforcement agencies, in particular the Islamic revolutionary guards Corps.

To win a candidate must gain more than 50% of the vote. If any of the contenders will not be able to enlist the support of so many voters, will be held the second round of voting, participation in which will be the two leaders of the first round with the highest number of votes.

TV channel Press TV reports that across the country opened about 63 thousand plots. The voting will last till 18:00 (16:30 Moscow time), but probably the work of polling stations will be extended due to high turnout.

According to official data, the number of voters eligible to vote, is more than 56,4 million people. Simultaneously with presidential in Iran, elections to municipal councils and elections to the Parliament.

Western media noted that Russia’s current elections in Iran are of great interest. First, because Iran’s President is influential, but not the strongest position. All decisions end up taking the Supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

At the same time, if Moscow interferes in elections, then its interest will be to support the current President Hassan Rouhani. He is the architect of the nuclear agreement in 2015, signed with the world powers, including the US and Russia. “If the immediate political interests of Russia are to keep the nuclear agreement and to engage in the war in Syria, the configuration of the regime in Tehran it is quite satisfied,” writes the Financial Timesreferenced by InoPressa.

In Iran began voting in the presidential elections of the country 19.05.2017

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