Three candidates out of 600 make it to the final: Iran’s presidential election begins

Today, June 18, the presidential elections in Iran began. There were 600 candidates in total, of which only 7 were allowed to participate. At the last moment, four of them withdrew their candidacy, and now residents of Iran will be able to vote only for one of the three presidential candidates.

In order to win in the first round, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. So far, predictions suggest that Ebrahim Raisi, who is responsible for hundreds of political executions in the country, will win uncontested.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has already voted at a polling station in Tehran. He urged everyone in the country to ensure a high turnout.

“Every vote counts, come, vote and choose your president, this is important for the future of your country,” Khamenei said.

At the same time, experts note that the elections in Iran are really just a cover, and a low turnout will give the opportunity to appoint “his” candidate.