Iran FM Zarif casts vote in presidential, local elections
FM Zarif arrived in Turkey on Thursday to attend Antalya Diplomacy Forum. The Forum will kick off with a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It will gather presidents, ministers, business people and academics from all around the world, according to Turkish officials.
The three-day forum will be held by the Turkish Foreign Ministry under the theme of “Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches”.
Iran’s presidential election is being held nationwide and in 133 countries.
Some 59,310,307 Iranians are eligible to vote, from which 1.3 million are first-voters and 3.5 million are Iranians abroad, according to statistics from the Ministry of Interior.
Presidential candidates include Expediency Discernment Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei Mirqaed, Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, MP Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh and former Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati. Saeed Jalili, Mohsen Mehralizadeh and Alireza Zakani, are three other presidential candidates, who dropped out of the presidential race.
The 13th presidential election is held simultaneous with the sixth round of city and village councils elections, the first mid-term for 11th parliament’s by-election, and the second mid-term for the fifth Assembly of Experts election.