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After Raisi's dying: Iran elects new president

Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot at the opening of the presidential election. Photo: Vahid Salem

Iran's spiritual chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his poll on the opening of the presidential election. Photo

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In Iran, two hardliners and one average candidate have an excellent probability of changing into president. Either approach, the affect of the election winner might be restricted.

After the dying of President Ebrahim Raisi, Iran is electing a successor. Religious chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei historically opened the election by casting his vote within the middle of the capital Tehran. The presidential election is marked by a severe financial disaster, tensions with the West and frustration with the state and authorities, particularly among the many youthful inhabitants. The first outcomes are anticipated on Saturday.

Around 61 million voters within the Islamic Republic have been known as upon to elect a brand new head of presidency. Polling stations have been open as common from 8 a.m. to six p.m. native time (6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CEST). The Interior Ministry prolonged the chance to vote within the night till 10 p.m. native time (8:30 p.m. CEST). The election follows the dying of Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in May. If not one of the candidates wins greater than 50 % of the vote, the 2 strongest candidates will go right into a runoff election on July 5.

The so-called Guardian Council, a strong Islamic management physique, had solely authorised six candidates for the election. However, two candidates withdrew. The so-called fundamentalists – loyal and ultra-conservative supporters of the system – are essentially the most strongly represented. Among them, an influence wrestle is raging between the incumbent parliamentary speaker Mohammed Bagher Ghalibaf and the hardliner Said Jalili. The most essential challenger is the average politician Massoud Peseschkian.

Conservative camp divided – hope amongst reform politicians

Ghalibaf, a former common within the highly effective Revolutionary Guards, is taken into account a conservative energy politician. Jalili represents extra radical positions. He was a part of the interior circle of energy early on and labored within the workplace of the spiritual chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Under the controversial former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Jalili was chief negotiator within the nuclear negotiations. Until the very finish, authorities supporters and fundamentalists had hoped to have the ability to agree on a number one candidate.

The most harmful challenger is taken into account to be the average politician and former well being minister Massoud Peseschkian. During the election marketing campaign, the politician criticized the headband coverage and campaigned for votes with bourgeois positions. At the identical time, Peseschkian declared his loyalty to Khamenei, the highly effective Revolutionary Guards and praised the drone and missile assault on Israel as a supply of satisfaction for the Iranian nation. After casting his vote, he stated: “We will try to maintain friendly relations with all countries except Israel.”

If there’s a excessive voter turnout, Peseschkian's probabilities aren’t unhealthy in any respect. Especially if it goes to a runoff and the Iranian folks have to decide on between a conservative and a reformer. As head of presidency, the president has solely restricted energy in Iran. The head of state is the 85-year-old spiritual chief Khamenei, who has the ultimate say in all strategic issues.

Little hope for main home coverage modifications

Most of the nation's residents, particularly younger folks, have misplaced religion in main home political modifications. The dying of the younger Kurdish lady Jina Masa Amini within the fall of 2022 sparked nationwide protests in opposition to the Islamic system of rule. Voter turnout on this yr's parliamentary elections reached a report low of round 40 %. However, extra folks historically vote in presidential elections. Some activists and the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi known as for a boycott of the election.

During the election marketing campaign, the candidates debated primarily methods to beat the large financial disaster within the nation. Iran is topic to worldwide sanctions due to its controversial nuclear program and is basically lower off from the worldwide monetary system. The nation wants billions in investments. The candidates additionally mentioned home political points, cultural coverage and dealings with the West.

Since the revolution of 1979, Iran's political system has mixed republican and theocratic components. However, there are not any free elections: the Guardian Council's management physique at all times checks candidates for his or her suitability. Fundamental criticism of the system just isn’t tolerated, because the suppression of protests in recent times has proven.

Report on the state company Irna, Farsi