Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili

Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili

Iran chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, says he is running for president to prove his commitment to the 1979 Islamic Revolution discourse. He told a crowd of his supporters in the northern city of Loshan, Gilan Province, that those who have distanced themselves from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei have no place in his campaign. Jalili, who is secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, called for a strong voter turnout in the presidential and city council elections, noting that a high turnout would guarantee national security and help the country defend its rights in the international arena. Other candidates include lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, former First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi, and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati. Iranians will go to the polls in the country’s 11th presidential election on June 14. The fourth city and rural council elections are also scheduled to be held on the same day. Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote, with more than 1.6 million first-time voters. KA/HGH/SS
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