Iran’s Presidential Debate Shakes Up Race

The first debate of the Iranian presidential contest may cause a shakeup in the campaign, as the more hardline candidate favored by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was seen as the big loser of the debate and Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri came out as the clear winner -- so much so that Iranians on social media have nicknamed him “Super Eshaq” and "Thug Life." Before we go any further, let’s be clear: The presidential “election” scheduled for May 19 is not democratic, free or fair. The regime only permitted six of around 1,600 candidates to run. Regime opponent Shahriar Kia explains…
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