The Iranians are electing a new president today, but the options are limited. There are only four names on the electoral list. Except for a moderate candidate, everyone else is the confidant of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.
“The regime doesn’t seem to care whether people will vote. They have pre-selected it for us, and many candidates have withdrawn. The regime has chosen us, and we are bystanders,” said an architect in Tehran who doesn’t want to vote for its safety named.
Supreme Leader Decision
In Iran, the constitutional guardian committee decides who can participate in elections. Khamenei has a lot of influence on the composition of that council and therefore also on the elected presidential candidates.
The following are the election methods and candidates for presidential candidates:
Of the nearly 600 applications, only 7 candidates were allowed to stand for election, and 4 of them are now left. The others retired. Middle East journalist Daisy Mohr said: “It is mainly men who share the same ideas as the supreme leader. Therefore, Iran seems to be moving in a more conservative direction.”
The winner seems to be fixed
“The election atmosphere that I felt in the past is almost non-existent now,” a man from Tehran told NOS. For his safety, he did not want to be named. “It seems that Ebrahim Raisi will win. You don’t have to be a political scientist for this.”
Raisi is the current chief justice of the country and is very conservative.He survived Human Rights Organization In 1988, he was jointly responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners. He is a member of the so-called “death committee” in which he and three other judges decide who should be executed. Especially the supporters of the Iranian People’s Mujahideen (MEK), which is an opposition movement banned by Iran and has to pay a price.
Although Raisi lost to President Rouhani in 2017, according to Moore, he does have a great chance now. “He is a loyal ally of Ayatollah Khamenei. He seems to have no real rivals because the supreme leader has ensured that they are not allowed to participate in the election. This is also related to the 82-year-old fact that Khamenei is a possible successor. , In case something happens to him.”
Thoughts of the Islamic Revolution
Raisi embodies the ideas of the Islamic Revolution, and he has been involved since the establishment of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. “Many Iranians who support revolutionary ideals will vote for him. He promised to resolve the economic crisis, which is very attractive to people,” Moore said.
“But the population of Iran is mainly young people. They see their dreams go further under Raisi’s leadership. Under his leadership, relations with the West will not become easier, and the country will become more isolated. Their focus is more on the West.”
The biggest problem is how the negotiations on returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement will proceed under the leadership of a president like Recy, and the sixth round of negotiations in Vienna does not seem to have achieved any clear results. “Raisi often lashes out at the West, but recently stated that he wants to return to that agreement. He may not be able to avoid it in the end, and lifting the sanctions is economically important.”
Boycott the election
Although Raisi’s victory is uncertain, Mohr said many Iranians will not vote because of dissatisfaction.From Recent polls Approximately 41% of Iranians will vote, which is the lowest turnout rate in history. Supreme Leader Khameni has stated that the low turnout rate will be “the fault of the West.”
For weeks, several English and Persian hashtags have been popular on social media to boycott elections.
The architect from Tehran said: “Around me, I heard many people say that boycotting elections is our best weapon.” “The political situation is getting worse and worse. I hope things will change fundamentally, and eventually it will Some positive things are happening. We are trying to keep hope.”