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US News Presidential in Iran: Ebrahim Raisssi Favorite, Participation A real stake

10:45  18 june  2021
10:45  18 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

In Iraqi limbo, Iran's Kurdish refugees resigned to exile

 In Iraqi limbo, Iran's Kurdish refugees resigned to exile © Safin Hamed Moustafa Ibrahim, a Kurdish refugee from Iran, near Erbil, Iraq, June 9, 2021 sometimes blocked since from Decades in Iraqi Kurdistan For lack of papers, Kurdish refugees from Iran have eyes riveted to their country of origin where elections take place, without feeding great hopes for a change. In May, one of them, Behzad Mahmoudi, has immolated on fire in front of a UN building in Erbil, capital of the autonomous region.

A Téhéran, des électeurs manifestent leur soutien au candidat conservateur Ebrahim Raïssi. Le 16 juin 2021. © Via Reuters - Wana News Agency A Tehran, voters manifest their support for the Conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi. On June 16, 2021.

A little more than 59 million Iranians are called to the polls this Friday, June 18 to elect their new president for a period of four years. The Constitutional Guardian Council, a supervisory body responsible for validating applications and supervising elections had only seven candidates. Since three have been withdrawn, and today the Conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisssi remains the main favorite.

of our correspondent to Tehran,

many political figures, including the former UltraServerservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former President of Parliament, Ali Larijani, or the current First Vice President Es-Hagh Jahanguiri were recalled at the General surprise. Despite the protests, the Council refused to return to its decision. Among the seven candidates, there were two moderate and five Conservatives. In the meantime, one of the two moderate candidates and two ultra-preservatives have withdrawn from the race.

Presidential in Iran: Four candidates withdraw to two days of polling

 Presidential in Iran: Four candidates withdraw to two days of polling © Via Reuters - Wana News Agency A poster for the presidential election is visible on VALIASR Avenue in Tehran, June 16, 2021. The Campaign for the Presidential From June 18th in Iran ends in a dull atmosphere while several candidates among the seven retainers announced their withdrawal from the race. with our correspondent in Tehran, Siavosh Ghazi A reformer candidate and three ultra-conservative candidates withdrew from the race.

There is now, moderate Abdolnasse Hemati, which is supported by part of the reformers and the Curator Ebrahim Raisi, currently leader of the judiciary who are the two main candidates remained in the running. There is also Mohsen Rezai, a former leader of the guardians of the Revolution, who has little luck. For twenty years, he has held at all presidential polls.


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Abdolnasse Hemati, the Outsider

Ebrahim Raisssi, the conservative candidate leaves favorite. According to the latest polls, it would get more than 60% of the votes from the first round. He is supported by all power. Faced with him, Abdolnasse Hemati, was very combative with televised debates against the Conservatives. But he failed to mobilize all the reform and moderate parties behind his name. If some of the reformers support it, such as former President Mohammad Khatami, other personalities and trainings of the reform camp refused to support him. He needs extensive mobilization of the moderate electorate to prevent the election of Ebrahim Raisssi. But a large part of this electorate is very disappointed by President Rohani's balance sheet and should abstain.

Iran elects its president, the UltraConservator Raissi shares winner

 Iran elects its president, the UltraConservator Raissi shares winner © Atta Kenare An Iranian passes between two posters of the presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran on June 17, 2021 The Iranians designate Friday without great Friday Enthusiasm a new president on the occasion of an election that should devote the victory of the UltraConservant Ebrahim Raïssi. The Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei opened the ballot by voting next to his offices a few minutes after 7:00 (02:30 GMT).

The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls to vote

Participation is also an important political game, a real issue for power. The Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, itself has asked voters not to sulk the ballot boxes. He claimed that he understood the discontent of the disadvantaged classes affected by the economic crisis and a galloping inflation, but he said the solution was not abstention.

According to one last survey, only 42% of voters say some of them to go vote. Four years ago the participation was greater than 70%. It is a sign of very wide social and economic discontent.

The challenge of the moderate candidate will be to mobilize the electorate of his camp to get at least a second round. It will be necessary to wait for the announcement of the results to find out if it has passed its bet. In the second round, his task will be simpler.

Ebrahim Raisssi, the future Iranian President, does not intend to meet Joe Biden .
© Atta Kenare / AFP Ebrahim Raissi, June 18, 2021. Ebrahim Raisi, elected President of Iran Saturday, June 19, announced that He did not want to meet the US President Joe Biden, even though this possible meeting was able to alleviate the United States sanctions against Iran.

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