Iran's first VP drops out of presidential race in favor of President Rouhani
Es’haq Jahangiri, the Iranian first vice president and a candidate in the country’s 12th presidential election, has dropped out of the race to back President Hassan Rouhani.

Jahangiri issued a statement on Tuesday, saying he decided to enter the presidential race at senior reformists’ discretion and after consultation with President Rouhani to elucidate the country’s situation “at the beginning and along the path that we have taken.”

Now that the presidential campaign is nearing its end and President Rouhani has received the warm welcome of the Iranian people, “I feel that I have fulfilled my duty and withdraw my candidacy in order to make my utmost to support Rouhani and help him promote his future plans,” he added.

 “At the current juncture, I consider supporting Rouhani and a firm vote for him as support for the powerful Iranian nation, which is entitled to pin its hope on [having] a better future,” Jahangiri said.

Jahangiri called on the Iranian nation to massively participate in the 12th presidential election and help an administration that seeks to decisively carry out major tasks, Press TV said.

Jahangiri issued the statement after the Reformists’ Supreme Policymaking Council sent a letter to him calling for his withdrawal from the race to support the incumbent president.

Iran will simultaneously hold its 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections on May 19.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, issued a statement on Monday announcing that he was to withdraw from the presidential race while backing the other candidate, Seyyed Ibrahim Raeisi.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15948  |  Date: 2017/05/17  |  Time: 11 : 49

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