Iranians vote on Friday in a bitter presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of economic and social reform and Iran’s re-engagement with the world. In a warning reflecting rising political tensions amid signs of an unexpectedly close race, Rouhani[…]
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday urged Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia under its control not to meddle in Friday’s presidential election, in a rare warning that underscored rising political tensions. The Guards, who oversee an economic empire worth billions of dollars, are seldom criticised in public, but[…]
Iranian voters chose “the right and proper path for the country”, moderate President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday after final election results showed his allies had made significant gains. Friday’s twin elections – to parliament and to top clerical committee, the Assembly of Experts – were crucial for the president[…]
Iran’s elections this week are crucial as they will determine whether the Persian-style controlled opening conducted by President Hassan Rouhani – and his premier Javad Zarif – will ensure continuity, supported by a favorable Majlis (Parliament). Not only have Iran’s elections yielded prime political players, such as “dialogue of civilizations”[…]
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