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The first Iran presidential vote since atomic deal

Al-Arabia – Iranians began voting Friday in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rowhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric’s more moderate policies, which paved the way for the nuclear accord …

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Polls Open in Iran: the Rivalry of Moderates and Hardliners

Radiozamaneh – A presidential race in Iran that began with six candidates is now narrowed down to two main candidates: the moderate President Hassan Rouhani and the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi. On Friday 19 May, the voting stations across Iran open their doors to voters who will choose Iran’s next president as well as their local City and Village councils. Rouhani …

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Ahead of Iranian elections, international rights groups denounce targeting of activists

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS –  In advance of the Iranian Presidential elections on 19 May, which will take place in a largely restrictive environment, we, the undersigned organisations, urge that the Iranian government fulfill its international human rights obligations and cease the systematic targeting of human rights defenders (HRDs). Scores of HRDs have been arrested and remain in prison on arbitrary …

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After his withdrawal from presidential race, who will get Tehran mayor’s votes?

Al-monitor – Despite previously dismissing the idea of stepping aside in Iran’s presidential race, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf withdrew May 15 in favor of fellow conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi. This unexpected move has left political analysts wondering whether it will actually benefit Raisi or, conversely, the incumbent president, Hassan Rouhani, in the May 19 election. AUTHOR Saeid Jafari Ghalibaf, a three-time presidential candidate, had run a controversial campaign. …

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In final day before vote, Rouhani lashes out at Iran’s hard-liners

Al-monitor – With the exception of the third presidential debate in which candidates accused each other of lying and corruption, this year’s Iranian presidential election has been relatively calm in comparison to the last two elections. No one has attempted to disclose secrets about a candidate’s wife, and the country’s longtime nuclear negotiator was not suddenly criticized for his intransigence, …

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