Tehran: Iran is set to hold its presidential elections on May 19, 2017, authorities said on Thursday.

The country’s powerful 12-member Guardian Council of the Constitution, which is charged with interpreting the Islamic Republic’s fundamental law, announced the date, reports said.

Guardian Council, a Shiite Muslim cleric body in a letter to the ministry agreed on a date of May 19 proposed by the ministry.

Under the law, Iran’s current President Hassan Rouhani is eligible to run for a second four-year term.

He is heavily favoured to win re-election for a second term, after his surprise landslide win in the first round of the June 2013 presidential elections with over 50 per cent of the vote.

Officials have said that the presidential election would be held earlier than usual so as not to coincide with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which starts in late May.

Iran will also hold municipal elections to choose nearly 120,000 council members for city councils across the country.

(With inputs from IANS)

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