Monday, 16 December, 2019

Conservative drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner

Christy Curtis | 16 May, 2017, 08:39

Qalibaf issued a statement later on Monday announcing that he would quit the presidential race in favor of another principlist candidate, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.

"The move comes with a view to preserving the revolution's front and its values", he added.

In this week's Arena, Iranian-Canadian journalist and human rights activist Maziar Bahari, and Iranian academic Mohammad Marandi debate how much of a reformer President Hassan Rouhani has actually been and whether the country has progressed under his leadership.

This is especially true in the run-up to the elections, which the Regime wants to present to the world as free and fair, as a choice between different candidates, but the Iranian people know that there is no choice at all and they have not been shy about expressing that.

KELLY: OK. So we have Rouhani, who as you mentioned is in a more moderate reformist camp in Iran. "If the Iranian people allow it, if the supreme leader supports and guides it, with Dr. Zarif the rest of the sanctions can be removed".

The presidential election is set to take place on Friday, May 19.

Qalibaf's allies had argued that he had more recognition in the capital Tehran and among young voters, and offered a more coherent economic plan than some other conservative candidates.

An important achievement of Rouhani during his five-year term is his work in the partial lifting of the global financial and trade sanctions against Iran.

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Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards commander and police chief, was one of the main challengers to the current president, Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking a second term.

The election is seen largely as a referendum on Rouhani's outreach to the rest of the world following the country's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.

Raisi needs to reach out to a wider conservative base in the next few days, Bassiri Tabrizi said.

"I am also very thankful", Raisi replied to the crowd. "I think that the new French President who was previously the minister of economy will continue this path for expansion of constructive relations with Iran". It also suggests that Iran's election will be decided in the first round, which requires the victor to get over 50 percent of the total vote. "However, Raisi is even a weaker candidate, he does not speak well, he is known for his ruthlessness in the 80s, he is inexperienced, and the middle-class Iranians are really afraid of him which pushes them to reluctantly vote for Rouhani", said Ghasseminejad.

It's simple. Raisi is the true face of the Islamic Republic, while Rouhani is a fa├žade.

Mostafa Tajzadeh, a close ally of Khatami, who served a number of years in jail following the 2009 election, was also at Rouhani's rally in Tehran.

Although nuclear sanctions on Tehran have been removed following the implementation of the JCPOA last January, most of leading global banks still appear reluctant to do business with Iran over concerns of running afoul of United States regulations.

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