The race for Iran’s presidency

Who will win Iran’s presidential election in June? This rolling series examines the likely candidates and the issues that may impact the race.

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Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Saeed Jalili: The former nuclear negotiator that rubs diplomats the wrong way

Saeed Jalili can be seen as a back-up candidate, who is gradually depicting himself to be a serious challenge.

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Thu, Jun 10, 2021

With a Raisi presidency, would the Iran nuclear deal remain on the table?

Although Ebrahim Raisi's positions are indeed more hardline than President Hassan Rouhani's, he does not, in principle, oppose a return to the JCPOA.

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Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Iran just lost one of its largest ships. It’s a major embarrassment.

In the early hours of June 2, the venerable Iranian supply ship Kharg caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman. The loss is a major setback for the Islamic Republic, exposing not only the poor readiness of the Iranian armed forces, but also the lethality of Iran’s military equipment to its own soldiers.

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Tue, Jun 1, 2021

A Raisi presidential win may be his undoing as future Supreme Leader

Conventional wisdom is that the election will facilitate Ebrahim Raisi’s ascent to the real decision-making post in Iran—that of Supreme Leader. But nothing is ever certain in Iran’s contentious politics.

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Fri, May 28, 2021

Khamenei is dropping Iran’s democratic façade

The Supreme Leader for years has been agitating to find what he describes as a new generation of young and pious “revolutionaries” to take the helm of the country’s institutions. That aim may be taking priority.

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Fri, May 21, 2021

‘Elections without Mohsen Rezaei are like kebabs without onions’

A perpetual candidate, a man who never leaves the scene, an election-addict, and a resilient politician: these are among the kinder ways in which Iranians describe Mohsen Rezaei.

IranSource by Saeid Jafari

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Wed, May 19, 2021

Iran sanctions relief will continue funding the ongoing war in Syria

As the Joe Biden administration negotiates a potential return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna, Tehran’s backing of the Bashar al-Assad regime should not be left off the table.

IranSource by Kenan Rahmani and Cameron Khansarinia

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Tue, May 18, 2021

For Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s presidency is a step toward Supreme Leader

For Ebrahim Raisi, an election win also puts him one step closer to the real top job in Iran.

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Thu, May 13, 2021

Iran’s ‘reformists’ contemplate their post-election future

It would require a miracle to revive the fortune of the reformists or moderates based on the current attitude of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

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Fri, May 7, 2021

Iran’s presidential elections don’t matter. Here’s why.

While the final list of candidates will not be announced by the Guardian Council before May 26, it can be said with certainty that whoever emerges victorious will not have a material impact on Iran’s domestic or foreign policy.

IranSource by Shahin Milani

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