Voter enthusiasm for presidential election at polling stations across Iran
Iranians are going to the polls in the country’s 13th presidential election since the 1979 Islamic Revolution to elect a new chief executive.
The enthusiasm was high even from before the polls opened, with the people forming long queues outside polling states countrywide.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei was the first to cast his ballot, followed by other senior officials, including heads of the three branched of government.
In a magnificent display of national unity, followers of other faiths, including the Jews, the Christians, and the Zoroastrians, joined their Muslim compatriots on Election Day to have a say in the homeland's political future.
Many of the voters have been carrying pictures of highly-popular national hero Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the terrorist US military last year, while they were standing in line to vote.
As the head of Iran’s executive branch, the nation’s President is the highest-ranking authority after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Under Article 113 of the Iranian Constitution, the President acts as the country’s chief executive and is responsible for implementing the law of the land “except in matters directly concerned with the office of the Leadership.”
Within the limits of his powers and duties, the President is responsible before “the people, the Leader, and the Islamic Consultative Assembly,” as the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) is formally called.
The President appoints ministers, subject to the approval of the Parliament.
The chief executive has the authority to sign agreements with other governments as well as those pertaining to international organizations, after securing parliamentary approval.
Ambassadors to other countries are also appointed upon the recommendation of the Foreign Minister and approval of the President, who also receives the credentials presented by the ambassadors of foreign countries.
The President is also tasked with administering national planning, the budget, and state employment affairs.