0347 GMT October 22, 2020
"The day I decided to enter the elections despite my personal interests, I was aware that I would face difficult and dangerous conditions," Qalibaf said in a statement on Monday.
He added that it was clear to him that bringing about any fundamental change to the status quo would not be possible except through a fight against the "four-percent" affluent minority, which has been in control of the country's economic and political resources for many years.
Tehran's Mayor Qalibaf stressed the importance of preserving the interests of the country, its people and the Islamic Revolution.
In another part of the statement, Qalibaf said a fundamental decision must be made for forging unity within the revolutionary front, adding, "In order to realize this great ideal, I ask all my popular supporters across the country to use all their potential and support for the success of our respectable brother, Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Raeisi".
"I thank and praise all my popular and unpretentious supporters, who have striven toward realization of the revolution's ideals with all they have," he concluded.
Iran will simultaneously hold its 12th presidential elections and fifth city and village council elections on May 19.
On April 20, the Iranian Interior Ministry announced the final list of six candidates vetted by the Guardian Council to run for president.
The list included incumbent President Hassan Rouhani; First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri; Tehran Mayor Qalibaf; member of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim; Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, a former deputy judiciary chief; and former vice president Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.
A day after the Interior Ministry’s announcement, the six contenders started official campaigning. They also participated in three live televised debates.