Iran’s Presidential hopefuls end campaigns

Iran’s Presidential hopefuls end campaigns
Thu Jun 13, 2013 16:49:33

Presidential hopefuls have wrapped up their final day of campaigning across the country one day ahead of the June 14th election.

On Wednesday, the six Iranian presidential candidates continued their election campaigns, which were marked by extensive political advertising and rallies across the country as well as many pleas and promises.

Addressing a group of supporters in the city of Birjand in South Khorasan province, Ali Akbar Velayati said, “The next cabinet members should be experienced individuals. They should also seek help from young talents to move the country forward.”

Hassan Rohani pledged people “constructive relations with the world,” saying that his administration could deal with the country’s economic woes.

Mohsen Rezaei stated in a press conference, “We don’t want to show a clenched fist if the West is willing to normalize ties. They are better off doing away with sanctions. This way, we can have bilateral trade and boost our economy.”

Elsewhere in the northern city of Gorgan in Golestan province, Saeed Jalili told his supporters that Iran is capable of fixing its domestic issues such as corruption, inflation, and unemployment, just as the Islamic Republic stood against the arrogant powers.

Among his supporters in Isfahan, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf called for a high voter turnout in Friday’s presidential race, and promised to create “an epic economic event if he is elected president.”

Mohammad Gharazi also told the reporters, “Every province should run its own business. This includes public welfare and social security. But they should also be held to account, and report to the central government in Tehran”

Under the election law, a presidential candidate must obtain more than 50 percent of the votes in the initial round to win outright. But, if no one manages to achieve the required number of votes, the two top candidates will face each other in a second round run-off a week later.

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