A conservative former Parliament speaker ended his presidential campaign on Monday, narrowing the field of contestants to seven in a move that appeared aimed at strengthening the candidacies of fellow conservatives and reducing any chance that a moderate could win. The departure of the former speaker, Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, left four other conservatives on the ballot, with four days left the election. Mr. Haddad Adel, who is related by marriage to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, exhorted followers to vote for one of the other conservative candidates to avoid a possible runoff. The presumed front-runner is Saeed Jalili, Iran's nuclear negotiator and a prominent disciple of the ayatollah, who has warned against showing any sign of weakness in Iran's nuclear dispute with the West.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.