Iranians are voting for electing their new president, with but one out of the four candidates who will succeed Hassan Rouhani is regarded as hardliners. Opinion polls show conservative Shia Cleric and the Chief Justice, Ebrahim Raisi is the clear favorite. Abdolnasser Hemmati, a moderate former central bank governor, is his main rival. Some reformists and dissidents have called for a boycott, stating that the prohibition of several contenders has left no serious competition for Mr. Raisi.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, has cast his vote on June 18 morning in Tehran and prompted people to go for the polls. He said that each and every vote counts. Vote and select the president as per your wish, and it is important for the country’s future, he further added. There is a large discontent among Iran people at the economic hardship they encountered after the US abandoned a nuclear deal three years ago and restored crippling sanctions. Mr. Rouhani, a moderate who engaged himself with the West, cannot stand for the election as he already served two consecutive terms of four years.
Information about Presidential Election Candidates
Ebrahim Raisi, a 60-year-old candidate, has served as a prosecutor in his career. He got the appointment as Chief Justice in 2019 and has presented himself as a person who fights against corruption. He also has solved various economic problems in Iran. However, human rights activists and several Iranians expressed their concern over his role in the 1980’s mass executions of political prisoners.
Abdolnasser Hemmati, a technocrat, became the Central Bank of Iran’s governor in 2018. After becoming a candidate, he was dismissed from the position. Under Mr. Rouhani, he got several prominent positions, but he faced criticism for failing to mitigate the US sanctions effects on the currency of Iran, whose value plummeted.
Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi is an ENT surgeon who has been a member of parliament since 2008 and has become the first deputy speaker in May 2021. The 50-year-old hardliner, Mr. Hashemi, is the youngest one out of all presidential election candidates.
Mohsen Rezai, the candidate, is the secretary of the Expediency Council. His work is to advise the Supreme Leader and has the power of ultimate adjudicating in disputes over legislation. Mr. Rezai was a powerful IRGC or Islamic Revolution Guard Corps commander during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. After leaving the force, he has run for presidency three times.