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Why did over 1,600 Iranians sign up to run for president?

Ballot
Al-monitor -
 Over 1,600 Iranians showed up at the Interior Ministry April 11-15 to sign up to run in the May 19 presidential election. The majority were ordinary people, including some odd characters who — despite lacking political backgrounds or qualifications — registered their names enthusiastically. Some even traveled long distances to Tehran from their towns and villages, including a 92-year-old man and a shepherd.


AUTHOR Saeid Jafari

But what are the motives behind these peculiar candidate registrations? Even if approved, would these individuals have been able to win the public's vote? The most likely answer is no. Based on Article 115 of the Iranian Constitution, the president must be elected from

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Iran's conservative presidential candidates pledge more cash handouts, jobs

Raisi
Al-monitor -
 As Iran approaches its May 19 presidential elections, the conservative candidates — who are determined to unseat incumbent moderate Hassan Rouhani — are making new campaign pledges to attract votes.


AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi

Opponents of Rouhani have been focusing on unemployment and people's livelihoods, saying Rouhani has been wholly unable to solve the economic hardships many ordinary Iranians are facing.

Conservative Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf

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Why region should prepare for long Saudi-Iranian confrontation

Saudi
Al-monitor -
 Ties between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been strained for years. Incidents such as the stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage in 2015, in which hundreds of Iranian pilgrims were crushed to death; the execution of prominent Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in January 2016; and the subsequent attacks on Saudi diplomatic compounds in Iran ultimately led to a cut in diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh. This cooling soon

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Shirin Ebadi: 'Outside of Iran I knew I’d be more useful. I could speak'

Ebadi
theguardian-
 Of all the places one might encounter Shirin Ebadi, Tallahassee should not be one. I was to meet her in the state capital of what is officially known as America's sunshine state, but is more widely regarded as America's weirdest state. Ebadi was in Florida for PeaceJam, which connects Nobel peace prize laureates with youth. But I found it hard to imagine the greatest Iranian human rights icon spending Persian New Year week at a teen camp on the Florida

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US Nearly Silent on Iran's Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

USA2
PayvandNews -
 U.S. officials who have been toughening their stance toward Iran in recent weeks have said almost nothing about its presidential election, now less than one month away.  And, some Iran observers say the silence regarding the May 19 vote could be a reflection of broad skepticism about its significance.



The 6 approved candidates competing in Iran's presidential election
Left to Right: Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, First VP Eshagh Jahangiri, President Hassan Rohani,
Hardline

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