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Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote

Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote

"The Iranian nation has learned through experience that discipline is beneficial, and indiscipline, unlawfulness can be so harmful", he said.

The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the nuclear deal struck with world powers and shepherded by Rouhani's administration.

Overall five polling stations would be established in different cities in Pakistan for the 12th Iran presidential election which is to be held on May 19, at the Iranian embassy in Islamabad and four consulates in cities of Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.

Iran's top leader has called for high turnout in Friday's presidential election, urging voters to send a message to the US. Turnout for that vote was 73 percent.

The Guards, who oversee an economic empire worth billions of dollars, are seldom criticized in public, but the pragmatist Rouhani is locked in an unexpectedly tight race against hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is believed to have their support. "We need a diplomacy of strength", he told supporters in Tehran, according to ISNA news agency.

Mr. Rouhani's signature foreign-policy achievement over the course of his four-year rule has been signing a multilateral agreement that lifted economic sanctions in exchange for the destruction of thousands of centrifuges, increased monitoring of Iran's nuclear facilities, and limits on future uranium enrichment.




The economy has been the hot-button topic of the electoral campaign with candidates attempting to stir voter disgruntlement with the current regime through finger pointing over widespread alleged corruption and an economic rebound since the lifting of sanctions which has disappointed many.

Campaigning will draw to a close on Thursday morning, 24 hours before polls open.

According to reports on opposition website Kalemeh.com, Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, who have been under house arrest since 2011 after they challenged Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election, each issued a statement supporting Rouhani.

Early election results are expected on Saturday. "Among this insecure collection of countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy preparing for elections in peace and security", Imam Khamenei addressed a group of people in Tehran.

Mr Rouhani was swept to power four years ago with more than three times as many votes as his nearest rival, on promises to reduce Iran's global isolation and grant more freedoms to people at home.


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