Middle East

Iran set sets May 2017 for presidential elections

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Iran is set to hold its presidential elections on May 19, 2017, authorities said on Thursday.

The country’s powerful 12-member Guardian Council of the Constitution, which is charged with interpreting the Islamic Republic’s fundamental law, announced the date.

Iran’s current President Hassan Rouhani is heavily favoured to win re-election for a second term, after his surprise landslide win in the first round of the June 2013 presidential elections with over 50 per cent of the vote.

Iran typically holds presidential elections in June or later — would avoid having the 2017 balloting fall during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dusk to down

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