Presidential Candidates Felicitate Rayeesi for Winning Elections
TEHRAN (FNA)- Candidates participating in the 13th presidential elections in Iran congratulated Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi for his victory.
Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council and former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezayee, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati and Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi sent congratulation messages to Rayeesi for winning the presidential elections although the official results have not yet been declared by the interior ministry.
“The June 2021 election, in front of the eyes of observers and global analysts, once again proved that the proud nation of Iran does not hesitate in protecting the Islamic Republic and strengthening its power and security,” Rezayee said in his message on Saturday.
He felicitated the victory to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the nation and Rayeesi, praying for the durability of his success in the new post.
Meantime, Hemmati felicitated Rayeesi for his victory, saying, “I hope that your government, with its measures and actions on the domestic and international scene and under the leadership of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei, will improve the great Iranian nation’s living conditions and bring comfort and welfare to them.”
Also, Qazizadeh Hashemi in his congratulatory message felicitated Ayatollah Khamenei, Rayeesi and the nation on the victory, wishing success for the new elected president in rendering service to the Iranian people.
Iranians began voting in the early hours of Friday in a contest among 4 candidates in the 13th presidential elections and also for the 6th Islamic city and village council elections across the country.
State television showed people's presence at polling stations in several cities and towns, quoting officials that over 59 million Iranians out of the more than 85 million population are eligible to vote.
Polls closed in Iran’s 2021 presidential election after 19 hours of voting nationwide and in various foreign countries.
Voting stopped at 02:00 am local time on Saturday (June 19), 19 hours after they opened across the country at 07:00 am on Friday, June 18.
Any voters happening to still be inside polling stations and waiting to cast their vote were able to do so, however.
Polling was extended several times to accommodate incoming voters and to observe health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vote counting has begun. And the Interior Ministry is expected to start announcing election results gradually as ballots are counted.
For Iranians, the most pressing domestic issue is the economy. In addition, COVID-19 is still a serious problem for Iran.
In addition to presidential elections, people went to the polls to participate in the 6th Islamic city and village council elections across the country as well as midterm Assembly of Experts elections in 4 provinces, including Tehran, Khorassan Razavi, Qom and Mazandaran, and midterm parliament elections in several provinces, including Tehran, East Azerbaijan, Gilan, Markazi, Kohgilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad and Hamedan.
The Iranian interior ministry on May 25 declared the names of 7 hopefuls qualified by Iran’s vetting body, the Guardian Council, to run in the presidential race.
The 7 approved candidates included Iran’s Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council and former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezayee, Iranian reformist politician and former Governor of Isfahan Province Mohsen Mehr Alizadeh, former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Saeed Jalili, Iranian Member of the Parliament Alireza Zakani, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati and Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi.
The disapproved candidates had the opportunity to protest at their disqualification vote and the qualified candidates could start their campaign as of May 25 until 24 hours before elections.
Several candidates, including former Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan and former Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi, dropped out of the race in Rayeesi’s favor before the Guardian Council declared its decision on their qualification.
In the past few days, Alireza Zakani and Saeed Jalili announced their pullout from the Friday presidential election in favor of Ebrahim Rayeesi, while Mohsen Mehr Alizadeh declared his withdrawal in support of the main reformist-moderate camp nominee Abdolnasser Hemmati.
Rayeesi appeared to be the front-runner among four candidates running for president in Iran, according to the polls.