Alborz Habibi
Last updated: 8 September, 2012

Ahmadinejad’s time is up – Iran’s presidential election scheduled in June

Iran’s interior ministry announced on Friday that the country’s eleventh presidential election is scheduled to be held on June 14 next year.

The presidential election will coincide with a municipal vote, according to the interior ministry’s announcement published on its website. Mid-term parliamentary elections are also set to take place at the same time, which will elect four members of the Islamic state’s 290-seat Majlis (parliament).

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who took office in 2005, is not eligible to run for a third term under the current Iranian constitution. Possible presidential candidates have not officially announced their nomination yet, but several of the president’s conservative rivals who have turned against him are likely to challenge Ahmadinejad loyalists, while their main opponents, the reformists, have not decided whether to compete in the presidential bid.

Parliamentary elections were held in March 2012 and were followed by a run-off vote in May, in which Ahmadinejad’s rivals gained most of the seats. Official figures suggested turnout in the first round of parliamentary elections was 64%.

Iranians will elect their president for the first time since the controversial 2009 election that was overshadowed by allegations of vote rigging, leading to large-scale popular protests and a severe crackdown by authorities. The Iranian government denied the charges and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was finally declared the winner of the elections with 62% of the votes cast, defeating his three challengers.