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Rouhani’s Road Already Taken

Mehdi Khalaji (The Washington Institute)   On August 14, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new head of the regime’s Expediency Council. He also named five new members, including Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran and a main rival of Hassan Rouhani in …

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Election and Coup Plotters: An Interview with Mohsen Sazegara

Nazenin Ansari (Kayhan London) Mohsen Sazegara is one of the original members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). He held a number of senior posts in the government of Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi in the 1980s. Sazegara registered to run in the 2001 presidential election, but was disqualified …

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Iran’s Presidential Election Will Render A Weaker Regime

Heshmat Alavi (Foreign Affairs) The so-called presidential “election” that is scheduled for May 19th in Iran is in far contrast to what is witnessed in today’s democratic countries. Polls in Iran under the mullahs’ regime are neither free nor fair, and the upcoming presidential election will weaken the regime in its …

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Why is Ahmadinejad Running for President of Iran, Again?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the firebrand former Iranian president, stunned observers last week by submitting his name as a candidate in his country’s presidential elections next month, over the objections of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad, who served as president from 2005 to 2013, is a hardliner, notorious for questioning the …

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Iranian President Rouhani to seek second term, faces hardline challenge

By Parisa Hafezi | Reuters Iranian President Hassan Rouhani registered on Friday to run for a second four-year term, state television said, buoyed by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers though facing a hardline conservative challenge over his economic record. “Once again, I am here for Iran, for Islam, for …

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Leading Iranian Cleric Enters Election in Threat to Rouhani

by Golnar Motevalli and Marc Champion (Bloomberg)   The announcement that a prominent conservative cleric will run for Iran’s presidency next month has transformed the race, potentially unifying opponents to President Hassan Rouhani in a strong challenge to his re-election. Ebrahim Raisi declared his candidacy on Thursday, according to Tasnim news agency, …

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Can Iran’s conservatives agree on candidate for upcoming vote?

 Saeid Jafari (Al Monitor) Iranian Principlists are finding that getting their house in order ahead of an election is becoming more complicated than ever. As the conservative camp takes measures to agree on a single candidate who can challenge incumbent Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential election, reports of internal …

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Ayatollah Khamenei criticizes Iran’s president on economy ahead of vote

Iran’s president must do more to improve the economy, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in a rare public criticism from the supreme leader three months before Hassan Rouhani runs for re-election. Unemployment, recession and inflation – issues that could win or lose an election – all remain major problems …

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How Rouhani’s main asset became his biggest liability

Ali Hashem (Al Monitor) Six minutes’ walk from the office of the Iranian president in downtown Tehran lies Horr Square, which features a statue of a warrior killing a mythical monster. Every time President Hassan Rouhani goes to work, he can’t but see the warrior, who might inspire him in …

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Who are the winners and losers in Jordan’s latest elections?

 Osama Al Sharif (Al Monitor) The results of Jordan’s legislative elections for the 18th Lower House of parliament, held Sept. 20, was a mixed bag of surprises, disappointments and modest breakthroughs. The elections were held under a new law allowing multiple votes for open proportional lists that replaced the decades-old …

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