Tehran interim Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani says presidential debates and competition have come to an end, stressing that the time is ripe to start amity.

"From now on, competition must turn into friendship," Movahedi Kermani said in an address to worshipers at the weekly Friday prayers in the Iranian capital, Press TV reported.

He also advised the next president to firmly follow up on the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and respect the lofty values of the Islamic Revolution.

The next president should serve the Iranian people, have great management capabilities, fully abide by the Constitution, stand up to the enemies and implement the policies of the economy of resistance.

Iran's 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections started simultaneously at 08:00 local time (0330 GMT) on Friday at some 63,500 polling stations inside the country and 310 others in 102 countries.

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May 19, 2017 16:26 UTC
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