Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has predicted 70 percent voter turn out in the presidential and city council elections on May 19.
“This year marks an important year for the country both because of the country’s need to a major economic vibrancy … and of the imminent presidential and rural and city councils’ elections, which are in turn of high importance,” said the Supreme Leader in an address to large groups of pilgrims to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the 8th Imam of Prophet Mohammad’s (Peace Be upon Him and His Progeny) infallible household, on the occasion of the start of the
"I don’t and will not support any one, party or group. It is my decisive and unchangeable stance," Ahmadinejad said in a statement on Saturday.
He dismissed media reports claiming that Ahmadinejad plans to render support for a specific candidate during the May election as rumors, and said, "I clearly declare that such rumors and news are not true and are strongly dismissed even if they are quoted by people with close ties to me."
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran's religious establishment in an election year. "With the loss of Hashemi," he said on Sunday referring to the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, "I know no other personality with whom I had such a common and long-term experience in the peaks and valleys of this historic era."
During the lead-up to the 2013 Iranian presidential election, the earliest signs of Hassan Rouhani’s initially unanticipated victory came from a surprising source: high-quality polling conducted by Iranian pollsters. In the run-up to the presidential election in May 2017, all signs point to a greater availability of Iranian polling data than in the past.
"Yes, I confirm that President Rouhani will be a candidate in the next presidential election," Rahmani Fazli said in an exlusive interview with FNA.
He said that Iran's election headquarters will launch official work in January 2017, and added, "Enrollment of candidates will take place on April10-14, 2017."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has introduced three ministerial nominees to lead the Iranian ministries of sports and youth affairs, education as well as culture and Islamic guidance.
In a letter to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday, Rouhani named his picks for the three vacant ministerial portfolios for votes of confidence.
The president proposed the current head of the National Library and Archives Organization of Iran, Reza Salehi Amiri, for the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
"Fani is no longer in charge of the Education Ministry and Bathaei has replaced him as caretaker," Member of the Iranian Parliament's Presiding Board Akbar Ranjbarzadeh told FNA on Wednesday.
He reiterated that Fani's resignation has been accepted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The Supreme Leader issued the decree according to Article 110 of Iran's Constitution and following his consultations with the country's Expediency Council.
Stipulating the electoral constituencies of Parliament and City Councils based on population, banning foreign funding for electoral campaigns, and preventing electoral offences are among the topics of election policies outlined by the Supreme Leader.