Middle East In-Pictures: 2017 Presidential Election in Iran

In-Pictures: 2017 Presidential Election in Iran
A supporter of the Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, right, holds his poster and the country's flag as his fiancee holds a poster of President Hassan Rouhani during a street campaign ahead the May 19 presidential election in downtown Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Photo: AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (Kurdistan24) – The people of Iran began casting their votes on Friday in a presidential election that is believed to be a tight competition between candidates.

At 08:00 local time, more than 63,000 polling stations opened for over 56 million Iranian citizens eligible to vote, out of a total 80 million people in the country.

The race is expected to be a close call between incumbent President of Iran Hassan Rouhani and his opponent Ebrahim Raisi.

Polls will close at 18:00 in the evening, but, as the country has witnessed in previous elections, it is likely to be extended amid expectation of a high turnout.

Below are some of the photos of the 2017 presidential election in Iran.


Editing by G. H. Renaud