Run-Off elections likely to be held in early April: Iranian minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced on Monday that the second competition between Iranian parliamentary hopefuls will likely be held in early April.

Speaking in a press conference here in Tehran, Rahmani Fazli said the run-off will be planned by the Interior Ministry and in coordination with the Guardian Council.

It will likely be held in late March or early April, Rahmani Fazli predicted.

He further referred to the Friday parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections held across the country, and noted that 62% of people eligible to vote went to the polls.

Countrywide Assembly of Experts elections and the parliamentary polls were held in Iran simultaneously on Friday.

Almost 34 million of some 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots at around 53,000 polling stations across the country.

4,844 and 161 candidates have been running for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts, respectively.

In a message on Sunday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described as “glorious” the massive participation of the Iranian nation in the country’s recent elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei expressed gratitude for the aware, resolved and determined nation of Iran, saying the public turnout at Friday polls displayed “the brilliant face of religious democracy to the world.”

“I consider it my duty to express my gratitude to this public answer to the call made by the Islamic Establishment,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

The Leader further asked winners of both elections, as well as the current authorities in different governmental bodies and organizations to sincerely provide services to the people and the Islamic Establishment and prefer national interests to personal or political interests.

By Tasnim News Agency