Iran Schedules Round Two of Presidential Election

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TEHRAN (Sputnik) - A snap election was organized in Iran after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19.
The second round of the snap presidential election in Iran will take place on July 5, as none of the candidates gained 50% of the votes, the election headquarters spokesman, Mohsen Eslami, said on Saturday.
"Due to the fact that none of the candidates was able to get a majority of votes, according to the law, the second round of elections will be held across the country on Friday, July 5," Eslami was quoted as saying by the IRNA news agency.
Supporters of Iran's parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, the most prominent hard-line candidate for the June 28 presidential election, attend his campaign gathering in Tehran, Iran - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 27.06.2024
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The four candidates for the presidential position are Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Saeed Jalili, Masoud Pezeshkian, and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
Mostafa Pourmohammadi worked in intelligence and foreign affairs and served as deputy minister of information and communications technology in the late 1980s and 1990s. In the 2000s, he also served as interior minister under former President Ahmadinejad. In 2013-2017 Pourmohammadi led the Ministry of Justice.
Saeed Jalili is known as a representative of Iran's Supreme Leader in the Supreme National Security Council. His experience lies in foreign affairs and national security. Jalili has worked as a senior political planning director in the office of Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, and was later involved in international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.
Masoud Pezeshkian served as minister of health under former president Khatami and the first deputy speaker of the 10th Iranian Parliament in 2016-2020. Since 2008, Pezeshkian has represented Tabriz in the Parliament of Iran.
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf is a decorated military officer who began his career in the Iran–Iraq War and eventually moved up to the position of commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Air Force. After leaving the military, Ghalibaf moved on to hold the office of Mayor of Tehran between 2005-2017. Since 2020, he has served as speaker of the parliament.