Iran on Wednesday scheduled its 2017 presidential election a month early due to Ramadan.
A report in Teheran said that this was to ensure that the election does not clash with the holy month of Ramadan that year.
It disclosed that the Interior Ministry and the elections commission had agreed that the poll would be held on May 19, instead of selecting a date in June as usual.
Ramadan, an annual period of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar, and therefore, occurs at different times each year.
It was unclear who would challenge sitting President Hassan Rowhani, though at least five candidates from various political parties were expected to step up in the coming months.
Rowhani is currently the clear favourite, enjoying the support of the conservatives’ moderate wing in addition to the reformists.
Though, criticism about his inability to completely implement promised economic reforms could hinder his chances at winning re-election. (dpa/NAN)