Iran's presidential election kicks off


Tehran (ISNA) – Iran's presidential and Islamic City Council elections began Friday morning across the country.

Iranian voters are heading to the polls to choose Iran's next president and members of local City and Village Councils, with more than 56 million people eligible to vote. Of that number more than one million people vote for the first time.

The four candidates who are seeking to become the Iran's next president are incumbent president Hassan Rouhani,member of Iran’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern city of Mashhad and former vice president Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

The elections are holding in about 103 countries around the world such as Czech Republic, Ireland, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Pakistan, France and China. Iranian citizens who live abroad can go to Iranian embassies and consulates and cast their votes.

Additional to local reporters, 570 reporters from 42 countries cover the important event.

The results of the presidential election are likely to announce on Saturday.

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