Iranian candidate calls on young voters to help maintain status quo Jun 11, 2021 0 346 12345 dpaTehran Iranian presidential candidate Abdolnasser Hemmati has called on first-time voters to use their ballot to prevent a hardliner from taking office in upcoming elections and bringing about unwanted political change in the country.“First-time voters in particular can play a decisive role in this regard,” Hemmati, a relative reformer, tweeted on Thursday. A change in the tone of Iranian politics looks increasingly likely in the June 18 presidential elections. After two terms in office, moderate President Hassan Rowhani cannot run again.The favourite is considered to be arch-conservative judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, the hardliners’ lead candidate and preferred choice of the establishment. Reformers fear he will adopt a radical course and plunge Iran into international isolation again.Hemmati said the country’s 1.4 million first-time voters could guarantee the freedoms they currently enjoy and make sure hope and social diversity are not suppressed in the near future. Hemmati, the former head of the central bank, will only have a chance in the election if he is able to garner the support of protest voters, according to observers.His critical statements are seen as an attempt to gain backing from young people and those critical of the regime. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestine security officers killed during Israeli raid in West Bank Jun 11, 2021 0 2202 11 dead in Mumbai building collapse after monsoon rains Jun 11, 2021 0 368 Backlog takes India’s COVID-19 death toll for past day to over 6,000 Jun 11, 2021 0 357 Meth seizures up in Malaysia as cartels adapt to virus border curbs Bangkok: Seizures of methamphetamine in Malaysia soared last year, according to data published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which described the South-East Asian drug market as “highly .. Taliban captures more Afghan districts as fighting escalates dpa Kabul Taliban militants added to their recent military gains, winning control over two more districts in Afghanistan, one of them strategically important, officials said on Thursday. After two days of intense .. Singapore eases COVID curbs but HK travel bubble kept on hold Bangkok: Singapore again postponed a planned “travel bubble” with Hong Kong, Singapore’s Transport Ministry said on Thursday, as the government announced domestic curbs would be relaxed from Monday. The ministry .. Demining charity will remain in Afghanistan after deadly attack Kabul: Despite an attack that left 10 of its demining personnel dead, British-American charity Halo Trust plans to stay and continue its work in Afghanistan, chief executive James Cowan said in a video published late on ..