Two days before Iran’s presidential election, which is expected to be won by ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, three of the six other men in the race withdraw their candidacies.
Ultraconservative lawmaker Alireza Zakani withdrew this morning, hours after reformist Mohsen Mehralizadeh had also thrown in the towel ahead of Friday’s vote, Iranian media reports.
In the afternoon another ultraconservative, Saeed Jalili, also pulled out. “A significant part of society has favored my dear brother” Raisi, Jalili says, and urges his backers to vote for the cleric.
That leaves four hopefuls in the race, out of whom the ultraconservative judiciary chief Raisi, 60, is seen as the clear favorite after other prominent politicians were barred from running.