Presidential candidate dismisses rumors on quitting presidential race

IRNA – Presidential candidate Mostafa Hashemi Taba on Saturday dismissed rumors on his quitting the presidential race in favor of another presidential candidate.

Speaking to IRNA, he said, ‘I am still involved in the election campaign and I have not left the presidential race.’

There were rumors in the Iranian social networks and cyberspace that Hashemi Taba has quitted the presidential race in favor of another presidential hopeful.

Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, (born in 1947), was a vice president under former Presidents late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former minister of industries, and the former head of the Sports Organization.

All Iranian compatriots with the aim of participation in determining their country’s future through participation in the presidential elections may go to the polling stations on Friday May 19, 2017 and caste their votes.

Ebrahim Raeisi, the custodian of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine, Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former minister of culture and Islamic guidance Mostafa Mirsalim and former minister of physical education Mostafa Hashemi Taba, as well as President Hassan Rouhani are the six candidates to compete in the forthcoming presidential elections.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the fall of the Pahlavi regime, Iran has held one election each year on average, all of which have witnessed large turnout of the people.

Over 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Iran’s 12th presidential elections, according to Ali Asghar Ahmadi, head of the Election Headquarters of the Interior Ministry.