Reformist Candidate Pezeshkian Won in Iran. Here's Why It's Good News for the World | EUROtoday

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Reformist Masoud Pezeshkian is the brand new Iranian president. In the runoff on Friday, July 5, he obtained 53.7% of the votes, towards 44.3% for conservative Saeed Jalili. “We will extend the hand of friendship to everyone,” these have been Pezeshkian's first phrases, quoted by Tehran TV. “We are all people of this country, everyone is needed for the progress of this country.”

Seventy years outdated in September, the guts surgeon from Tabriz province surprisingly got here out on prime within the first spherical of the June 28 elections with 42% of the vote, towards the 38% of the previous chief nuclear negotiator. The first spherical was marked by a really excessive abstention fee, the bottom because the 1979 Islamic revolution, with solely 39.9% of the 61 million voters going to the polls.

On Friday, nonetheless, maybe using the wave of hope for a victory for the reformist, many extra Iranians went to vote – many younger individuals and many ladies – and in an try to spice up participation, the closing of the polls was postponed from 6 p.m. to midnight. Turnout is anticipated to be round 50%. In whole, Pezeshkian obtained 16.3 million votes, towards 13.5 million for Jalili, three million greater than the conservative candidate. And already at daybreak, hundreds of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and different cities to have a good time the victory of the brand new president, who succeeds Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash on May 19.

This is nice information for the world, in perspective. The reformist candidate that the West likes has gained over the rival of the extremist and anti-Western entrance. Even if within the quick/medium time period issues will change little in Iran.

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First, as a result of the nation's supreme chief, Ali Khamenei, is probably the most influential man able to influencing probably the most related insurance policies. Certainly not the president. Secondly, as a result of the present context – the warfare within the Gaza Strip and a possible open battle between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah, allies of Tehran – would unite the nation, making the militaristic wing and nationwide sentiment prevail.