Reformer Pezeshkian wins election | EUROtoday

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LReform candidate Massoud Pezeshkian, a 69-year-old MP who advocates for Iran to confide in the West, gained the second spherical of the presidential election on Saturday, July 6, forward of ultraconservative Said Jalili. Organized in haste after the loss of life of ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in May, the presidential election was held in a context of standard discontent, significantly over the state of the financial system, which has been hit by worldwide sanctions.

After Friday's vote, through which some 61 million Iranians had been referred to as to the polls, Massoud Pezeshkian acquired greater than 16 million votes towards greater than 13 million for his opponent, out of a complete of 30 million ballots already counted, based on the electoral authorities. After a primary spherical marked by a excessive abstention price, turnout stood at 49.8%. The variety of invalid ballots is estimated at greater than 600,000.

The “voice of the voiceless”

“We will extend the hand of friendship to everyone, we are all people of this country, we should use everyone for the progress of the country,” Massoud Pezeshkian mentioned Saturday, in his first speech since his victory, thanking his supporters. While affirming his loyalty to the Islamic Republic, the person Iranians name “the doctor” referred to as for “constructive relations” with Washington and European nations as a way to “bring Iran out of its isolation.”

No one would have guess on this MP from Tabriz, the large metropolis in northwestern Iran, when his candidacy was accepted by the Guardian Council together with 5 different candidates, all conservatives. This father, who raised three youngsters alone after his spouse and one other little one died in a automobile accident in 1993, presents himself because the “voice of the voiceless”.

The vote was carefully adopted overseas as Iran, a Middle Eastern heavyweight, is on the coronary heart of a number of geopolitical crises, from the conflict in Gaza to the nuclear situation, through which it opposes Western nations, notably the United States, its sworn enemy.

He “can change things”

Having come out on prime within the first spherical, Massoud Pezeshkian advocates for an Iran extra open to the West. Said Jalili, 58, is understood for his rigid positions in the direction of Western powers. Massoud Pezeshkian has acquired the help of former presidents, the reformist Mohammad Khatami and the average Hassan Rohani. Opposition figures in Iran and throughout the diaspora had referred to as for a boycott of the election, judging that the conservative and reformist camps symbolize two sides of the identical coin.

In a polling station in Tehran, Hossein, 40, mentioned Friday that he had chosen Massoud Pezeshkian as a result of he “can change things.” Farzad, 52 – who like Hossein didn’t want to give his final title – made the identical alternative, to “prevent the access to power of the radicals” ultraconservatives. “We have been shouting death to America for 45 years, that's enough, (…) We cannot build a wall around the country,” he insisted.

Massoud Pezeshkian requires resolving the difficulty of obligatory veiling for girls, one of many causes of the huge protest motion that shook the nation in late 2022 after the loss of life of Mahsa Amini, arrested for not respecting the strict costume code.

An influence that’s nonetheless restricted

In two televised debates, the candidates mentioned the nation’s financial woes, its worldwide relations, low voter turnout and authorities web restrictions. A nuclear negotiator from 2007 to 2013, Jalili had strongly opposed the deal that was ultimately reached in 2015 between Iran and world powers, together with the United States, which imposed restrictions on Iranian nuclear exercise in change for sanctions aid.

Nuclear negotiations are at the moment at an deadlock following the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018, which reimposed extreme financial sanctions on Tehran. The election is anticipated to have restricted repercussions, because the president has solely restricted powers: he’s answerable for implementing, as head of presidency, the broad insurance policies set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who’s the pinnacle of state.