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Rouhani to stand for second term as Iran's president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin (not seen) hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow, Russia on March 28, 2017. ( Sefa Karacan - Anadolu Agency )

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani filed the papers on Friday for him to stand for election for a second term in office, Iran news agency has reported. The president completed the application at the Election Commission in Tehran's interior ministry for the election next month.

More than 600 candidates apply to run for Iran presidential elections in first 3 days

The deadline is today and the application procedure has been open since Tuesday. Rouhani won the 11th Iranian presidential term by more than 18.5 million votes in August 2013.

The presidential election is set for 19 May and coincides with polls for municipal, village and supplementary parliamentarian posts in a number of Iranian cities.

The president in Iran is at the pinnacle of the. However, the most serious decisions are made by the Supreme Leader, a position held currently by Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, during the Iranian elections on 14 April 2017

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