Elections in Iran: What's to expect from front-runner Ebrahim Raisi? | DW News

Elections in Iran: What's to expect from front-runner Ebrahim Raisi? | DW News

Voting is underway in Iran in a controversial presidential election.
These voters in Tehran lined up to cast their ballots – but overall turnout is expected to be exceptionally low. There is widespread apathy after hundreds of candidates, including prominent moderates, were barred from running.
Many voters are also angry over the impact of international sanctions, unemployment, and hardline rule. Three of the four candidates are viewed as hardliners.
Front-runner Ebrahim Raisi is one of them. The ultraconservative cleric is a staunch ally and protege of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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  1. Just like in USA, the system of Presidential election is rigged such that Progressives like Bernie, Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, etc can never be elected as President!

  2. Iran is a right-wing regime. Ra'isi is a far-right ultraconservative candidate. Right-wingers always fool people with effective rhetoric then destroy the nation.

  3. Our country will definitely get out of trouble with Ibrahim Raisi. I do not know much English, but I think the media wants to interpret our participation in the election in their favor. The president was not elected by Khamenei, the people elected him. He is powerful and hardworking. A year later, look at Iran's economic statistics to understand what I am saying …

  4. All Iranians know that more than 50% of the people did not participate in this election. I was really surprised why you do not show this, more than 30 million people did not vote. Everyone now knows that this regime has no legitimacy.

  5. While people in Iran participated in a democratic exercise of presidential elections for the 13th time, in all of the Persian Gulf " states " allies of the U.S, in particular Saudi Arabia no elections take place. The people there don't know the difference between a ballot box or a fruit box.

  6. A country with so much potential pulled down by desperate extremist and bonyards bribing people so they can destroy any free market and prosperity from competition

  7. The western so called free press is alluding the low turnout of elections (%28) to people's fear of Covid but on Iran which has been devastated by the virus and inability to purchase medicine (thanks to western sanctions) to only people's dissatisfaction with their system of government.

    The western press is neither free nor professional or unbiased. The western press is just there to protect and expand the block's hegemonial interests.

    So, if you read or watch western press negative reports after reports on the new Iranian president, the conclusion is that the new president Reisi must be good for Iranians and bad for the west.

    Congrats to Raisi.

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