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14 June 2013, Eurasia Review

Why The World Should Take The Iran Elections Seriously – Analysis

Eurasia Review, a news and analysis website, republished an article by Farhang Jahanpour on the importance of the June 14 presidential election in Iran. He argues that the results will have a bearing on Iranian foreign policy in Syria, Iraq and Israel.

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In Iran’s eleventh presidential election on June 14, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, a second round will be held on June 21 between the two candidates with the highest number of votes. The next president will take over from Iran’s controversial incumbent, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 3 August 2013.

Eight candidates were in the race, but two withdrew. So the race is between these six: Saeed Jalili, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and chief Iranian nuclear negotiator, a hardliner; Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister and current advisor to the Supreme Leader, a conservative; Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards Commander and the current mayor of Tehran, a hardliner; Mohsen Rezaei, a former supreme commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and current secretary of the Expediency Council, a moderate conservative; Mohammad Gharazi, a former minister and governor of Khuzestan during the Iran-Iraq war, a hardliner and an independent candidate; and Hassan Rohani, former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, a moderate-centrist.


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