Iran's former chief justice Ebrahim Raisi became the country's eighth president after winning a controversial election on Saturday. Rights groups say he was involved in the 1988 mass executions.
Attempts to portray the performative elections as otherwise look foolish, and won’t convince the public.
Around 75 percent of respondents in a recent survey of Iranians said they would not cast their vote in this month’s presidential election.
The Islamic Republic’s cleric-dominated top Guardian Council disqualifies all moderate and reformist candidates ahead of the June presidential election, paving the way for a conservative victory.
The new law gives 2015 pact’s European signatories two months to reduce sanctions on Iran’s oil and finance sectors, in the absence of which the government will halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment.
In Iran, hardliners have won not because of widespread support, but because of widespread apathy.
The Iranian Guardian Council disqualified thousands of candidates, including reformists and conservatives, for parliamentary elections with low turnout expected.
The downing of the Ukrainian airliner, a harsh crackdown on protests and a drastic vetting system could mean Iranians stay home in large numbers on election day.
Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman for the Guardian Council, which vets legislation passed by parliament for compliance with the constitution, says the body has approved the measure.
Challenger Ebrahim Raisi accused Iran's incumbent president of using state resources in his recent re-election, but the Guardian Council dismissed this claim and held the election result to be valid.
Iran's defeated conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi says he will not "keep quiet in the face of the injustice."
Despite hundreds of applications, only six candidates have been short-listed, including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani. Here's a brief look at the candidates' profiles.
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