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Iran votes for new President today

The two main legal political camps in Iran are loose alignments: Conservative Principlists (Osoulgarayan): Sometimes referred to as neo-conservatives

Published: June 14, 2013 1:07 am

IDEOLOGICAL DIVISIONS

The two main legal political camps in Iran are loose alignments:

Conservative Principlists (Osoulgarayan): Sometimes referred to as neo-conservatives. Right-wing coalition mixes hardline religiosity with nationalism and includes outgoing President Ahmadinejad’s Abadgaran party,closely tied to Revolutionary Guards

Seats held in Parliament in 2012 182 seats

Reformists (Islah Taliban): Moderate opposition group founded in 1997 to support Mohammed Khatami’s plans to liberalise within the confines of Islamic democracy. The group is economically centrist but slightly more left-leaning on social issues. 18 parties are part of this coalition.

Seats held in Parliament 75

HOW THE ELECTION WORKS

* The presidential polls will be held on Friday,14th June

* This is the 11th election of the President of the Republic of Iran

* If no candidate wins 50 per cent,a runoff will be held on June 21

* The winner becomes the seventh President of the country

* The President is the highest official elected by direct popular vote

* The President is the chief of the executive

* Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Abadgaran (Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran) has served two terms since 2005. A two-term limit in the Iran constitution prevents Ahmadinejad from running in 2013.

TIMELINE

June 14 Election day

June 15 Official results announced by Poll Commission

June 21 The date of a possible run-off vote

June 25 The Guardian Council confirms or invalidates the election results

August 1 President-elect meets Supreme Leader

August 3 New President

of Iran is inaugurated

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