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Iran opens 3 polling stations in Sulaimani, Halabja for citizens to vote

  2021-06-13  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iranian men vote at a polling station in Tehran. Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Iranian government will open three polling stations in Sulaimani and Halabja provinces for the Iranians to vote for a successor to President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate-reformist government.

Two mobile polling stations in Kalar and Halabja, and one polling station at in Sulaimani will be opened, said Iran Consulate General in a statement.

Iranians can participate in the presidential election which is scheduled for June 18 by providing a valid Iranian ID card or passport, the statement read.

“Dear Iranian compatriots are requested to be present by following all health protocols, using masks and observing social distancing,” it added.

The election is forecast to have only a limited impact on Iran's overall political and diplomatic trajectory, as while elected presidents govern Iran's day-to-day affairs, it is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who runs the judiciary, security forces, media and foundations that control much of the economy.

The new president will replace Rouhani, a pragmatist who twice won landslide votes against hardline opponents after campaigning to open up Iran's economy to the world. Rouhani had only limited success, after the United States abandoned a nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions.

Among the approved presidential candidates are former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaee and hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi.

(Zhyan English)