On Friday, June 18, Iranians voted to elect a new president in a pre-election victory over radical conservative Ibrahim Razi, 60, the head of the judiciary. The latter is a favorite archive, as there is no real competition after the disqualification of his main opponents. He could be selected in the first round.
Voting activities have been significantly extended to allow the maximum participation of 59.3 million voters in the Islamic Republic under good conditions, which is hitting the country hard with the Govt-19 epidemic. Polling was officially closed from Friday to Saturday (11:30 pm in France).
The turnout of about 59.3 million voters is a challenge. According to some available studies, the turnout could reach an unprecedented 60%, higher than the record of 57% in the 2020 Assembly elections.
“Someone has already been selected”
In a country rich in hydrocarbons, the election campaign was sluggish, against the backdrop of general feed for the crisis, but suffocated by US sanctions. On a street in Tehran, a nurse covered in a black corpse, Mr. Fighting. Says he wants to vote for Rissy “With determination [contre] Corruption “. “I hope he knows” Leave the population Privatization, He testified for Agencies France-Presse (AFP).
Housewife Zahra Farahani says she went to an office “Overflow”. She is determined to go and vote later, “M. R. Sikku”, He says he appreciates “Performance [la tête] Justice “.
Hossain Ahmadi, he will not vote. This carpenter accuses the officers of not being there “Nothing done” For the country. According to him, “The situation is that we have no choice but to stay quiet and stay at home hoping to hear our voices.” Trader Sat Jari will also step down because, “Whether I vote or not, someone has already been elected: they are organizing elections for the media.”
The results should be known by Saturday. A second round is scheduled for June 25 if no candidate gets an absolute majority in the first round.
In 2017, Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who supports open policy with the West and more personal freedoms, was re-elected in the first round. The turnout has risen to 73%. But the hope he instilled led to disappointment.
Ayatollah Khamenei has stepped up calls for a large turnout, despite calls from the opposition to be deported and by some dissidents in Iran. “Elections are important, we have to go and vote, no matter the problems.”, Rohani slips his ballot into the ballot box and mentions ineligible candidates.
One of the most famous of them, the famous former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, released a video message on Friday condemning an organized election. “Against the interests of the country”. “I do not want to partake of this sin”, Did he announce?
In 2017, Mr. With 38% of the vote against Rohani, Mr. In addition to RC, three candidates are vying: a little-known deputy, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards Amir Hossain Qasidat-Husseini, General Mohsen Reza, and a technocrat, Abdul Nasser Hemati, former chairman of the Central Bank.
Failure of open policy
In Iran, the president has limited privileges, where power is in the hands of the supreme leader.
Unable to stand for the third time in a row, Mr. Rouhani’s record has been shattered since the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which ended with major powers in 2018, due to the failure of his open policy. This withdrawal and the re-imposition of punitive US sanctions plunged the country into a deep recession, intimidating foreign investors and depriving the government of its export oil revenues.
During the winter of 2017-2018 and November 2019, two protests were violently suppressed as part of the socio-economic demands of the masses. As for the protests among the deported and human rights defenders, Mr. Rossi is a symbol of oppression, and his name is associated with the mass executions of left-wing prisoners in 1988, a tragedy in which he denies any involvement.
The next president’s priority should be to revive the economy. At this point, all candidates agree that this must necessarily include the lifting of US sanctions imposed under President Trump, which is the topic of ongoing negotiations in the Austrian capital to defend the Vienna Agreement by reuniting the states there.