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Conservative presidential candidate paints bleak picture of Iran

Raisi
Al-monitor -
 In the first televised interview of the six Iranian candidates approved to run in the presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of Iran's largest religious endowment, described a dark economic condition in Iran and said he would be able to fix it.


AUTHOR Arash Karami

"In my own life I've tasted poverty," Raisi began when asked what his plans are for the poor. "And since I became the custodian of the Astan-e Quds Razavi, I've encountered men and women who are dealing with numerous difficulties." In March 2016, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Raisi as custodian of the shrine of Imam Reza, the holiest (and wealthiest) site in Iran for Shiite Muslims. Since his

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Is Putin interfering in Iran’s presidential elections?

Putin
Al-monitor -
 On April 20, Iranian conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi met with visiting Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov — an encounter that Raisi probably did not expect would end up causing problems ahead of the May 19 presidential elections.


AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi

The hard-line Tasnim News Agency, which is seen as backing Raisi and reported the meeting, described Minnikhanov as an envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seemingly to

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Is conservative Iranian candidate reviving Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet?

Raisi
Al-monitor -
 When Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of Iran's largest religious endowment, announced his entrance into the 2017 presidential election, he stressed that he would run as an independent for all Iranians and "apart from the current political groupings." Even before the announcement, Raisi had gone to great lengths to not get involved in partisan bickering and avoided directly attacking incumbent President Hassan Rouhani by name. However, not only can Raisi's

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Iran polling: Will vote see Rouhani-Ghalibaf rematch?

Ghalibaf
Al-monitor -
 According to a recent survey released by the polling firm IranPoll, incumbent Hassan Rouhani remains popular just as Iran's presidential campaign kicks into high gear. But Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Rouhani's chief rival from the last presidential election in 2013, is also well regarded by voters. Does the poll, which was conducted April 11-14, set the stage for a rematch between the two men for the presidency?


AUTHOR Matt Dabrowski

According to the

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Iran's election: It's not about moderates or hardliners

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aljazeera -
 Presidential election is going to determine whether the rationalisation and normalisation of Iran is going to continue.


Iran's President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for a second four-year term in the May election, in Tehran, Iran, April 14, 2017 [Reuters]bySaeid GolkarSaeid Golkar is a lecturer at the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University.The upcoming presidential election in May 2017 will determine not only Iran's policies in the short

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