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Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani

AP  |  Tehran 

A reformist candidate has dropped out of Iran's presidential to back President Hassan Rouhani in a widely expected move that will strengthen the incumbent's campaign against a hard-liner.

The state-run IRNA agency says Eshaq Jahangiri, senior vice president under Rouhani, dropped out today, meaning just four candidates remain in the race. The will be held Friday.

Yesterday, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf dropped out of the to back hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, believed to be a favorite of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the nuclear deal struck with world powers and shepherded by Rouhani's administration. agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 21:07 IST