‘Reformist’ Rouhani Fights Hardliners in 2nd Iranian Presidential Debate

‘Reformist’ Rouhani Fights Hardliners in 2nd Iranian Presidential Debate

The second presidential debate took place in Iran and while President Rouhani came under heavy fire from hardline rivals, they all agreed on one thing: The nuclear deal is a good thing for the theocratic, jihadist Islamic Republic of Iran. The first debate was won by Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri in a landslide, while the candidate favored by the Supreme Leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was seen as the big loser. One online poll showed that 42% said Jahangiri won, followed by 34% for Rouhani and 15% for Bagher Qalibaf. Most observers assume Jahangiri will drop out and endorse Rouhani before the…
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Meet the Candidates Running in Iran’s Presidential ‘Election’

  The Iranian regime has approved of six presidential candidacies, disqualifying over 1,600 -- including over 130 women -- who filed to run. The “election” will be held on May 19, followed by a runoff between the top two vote-getters if no candidate wins a majority. Before reviewing the candidates, we should look at how this sham “election” takes place. To run for president in Iran, the Guardian Council must approve of the candidacy. Only six of over 1,600 candidacies were approved. Thus, it must be assumed that any distinction being mentioned between “moderate” and “conservative” candidates is very minor.…
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Iran’s 6 Presidential Candidates for May 19 ‘Election’

The Iranian regime has approved of six presidential candidacies, disqualifying over 1,600 -- including over 130 women -- who filed to run. The “election” will be held on May 19, followed by a runoff between the top two vote-getters if no candidate wins a majority. Before reviewing the candidates, we should look at how this sham “election” takes place. To run for president in Iran, the Guardian Council must approve of the candidacy. Only six of over 1,600 candidacies were approved. Thus, it must be assumed that any distinction being mentioned between “moderate” and “conservative” candidates is very minor. The…
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