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EghtesadOnline: Head of the Inspection Bureau at the Office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has resigned his post ahead of the Friday presidential election.

According to IRNA quoting an informed source on Thursday, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri has submitted his resignation, but it has not been accepted yet.

The source also rejected as lies reports by some news channels that support one of the presidential candidates about Nateq Nouri's dismissal, PressTV reported.

Nateq Nouri had decided to quit his post a while ago as he felt responsible to defend incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and his administration, on the one hand, and the need to keep the Leader’s position clear of common political groupings, on the other hand.

Iran will simultaneously hold its 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections on May 19.

The four candidates vying in the race are the incumbent president, former deputy judiciary chief, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, and former vice president, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

Iran presidential election Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri