Iran’s tough Attorney General Ebrahim Raisi announced that he will participate in the June 18 presidential election.
Raisi has come under fire for his involvement in the mass executions of political prisoners in the 1980s. He has been reorganized into a populist, opposed corruption, discussed their court cases with ordinary people, and traveled to impoverished provinces during the pandemic. .
Raisi is seen as the leading candidate, but will be challenged by politicians who are in favor of reforms. The list will be reviewed by the Guardian Council, a tough constitutional watchdog.
Before officially registering his nomination with the Ministry of the Interior on Saturday, the 60-year-old pastor said that the country’s constant changes did not help it achieve its goal of becoming a powerful Iran.
He said: “The result of the election should be a real development to bring hope and enthusiasm to the society.” “In the near future, the pain of injustice… will become the sweet and desirable taste of justice.”
President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist politician, gambled and agreed to a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers. He will resign this summer after two consecutive terms.
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement in 2018 and impose difficult sanctions on Iran is a huge blow to Rouhani and the professional reform forces that support his candidacy.
Reformers must win support for the Iranians who supported Rohanani’s overwhelming victory over Raisi in 2017, but they said they will no longer vote to protest U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic Economic difficulties.
Many Iranians believe that the presidency of a hardliner like Rais will not bring any real change, because politicians who support reform and those who oppose reform are the same.
First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri (Es’haq Jahangiri) is the main reformist candidate. He admitted on Saturday that public trust in the ruling institutions has declined and many people no longer believe that their votes can make changes.
He warned Iranians that the situation in the country is shocking and that if they remain passive, the situation may deteriorate.
He said: “I understand that many of my compatriots are upset about mismanagement and have no hope for the election.” “We have no choice but to revive the ballot box.”
As a member of the outgoing government, Jahangiri is responsible for many Iranians (including business people) because of their pain and Rouhani’s poor economic record.
The 63-year-old centrist politician and former congressional speaker Ali Larijani was the other top candidate who signed up on Saturday morning. He is most famous internationally as a former Iranian nuclear negotiator.
Larijani supported the Iranian president in previous nuclear negotiations, and his role in the legislature is crucial. By standing with strong forces, he enabled Rouhani to reach agreements with world powers.
The biggest challenge in the election is the expected low turnout rate, which will be seen as a rejection of the Islamic Republic.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday that his top priority is high turnout and “will help increase the country’s deterrence and make it safe and credible” .
Raisi is widely considered to have the support of the elite Revolutionary Guard, and he may benefit from the boycott of voters who are in favor of reforms because he calls for the lower middle class who tend to vote in all elections and usually favor populist politicians Iranian.
He was also close to the supreme leader and was appointed as the supreme judicial official. His focus was to promote domestic production, not to improve international relations.
Raisi nevertheless backed nuclear talks in Vienna and said he would pursue “smart and innovative diplomacy” and would not “waste a second to have the cruel sanctions lifted” if elected.
The Guardianship Board will announce the names of candidates approved to run for the election before the three-week campaign that begins on May 28.
Dozens of political and military figures have already registered. It is expected that most people will be banned.
The list includes the former political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh, who demanded an end to Islam’s mandatory cover-up of women and challenged the absolute authority of the supreme leader to break social and political taboos.
The former hardline president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad (Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad) registered his candidacy on Wednesday. He said that if he is banned from running for the election, he will not vote for any candidate, a move that may weaken the support of Reyes from the poorest class in society.
Larijani said on Saturday that “the economic field is neither a garrison nor a court that can be managed by order”, and that it is clearly aimed at members of the guard and Lacey and his anti-corruption campaign. “It is naive to think that some populist actions can help solve the problem. [Iran’s] problem. “