Iran’s Next Presidential Election Without Three Prominent Figures

The Guardian Council of Iran declared the names of qualified candidates for Iran’s next presidential election.

The list includes Saeed Jalili, Ebrahim Raisi, Mohsen Rezaei, Alireza Zakani, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Abdolnaser Hemmati, and Mohsen Mehralizadeh.

The big surprise is that the Guardian Council disqualified some prominent politicians. The former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ali Larijani, the adviser of the supreme leader and former Iran’s parliament spokesman, and the vice president Eshagh Jahangiri.

According to Iran’s constitution, all candidates of parliamentary or presidential elections, as well as candidates for the Assembly of Experts, have to be qualified by the Guardian Council to run in the elections.

The extensive disqualifications have caused the reactions in cyberspace, and many Iranians believe that the Chief Judiciary Ebrahim Raisi has not a significant rival in the election. Many of the qualified are like-minded figures to Raisi. In fact, the major candidates of reformers and moderates were disqualified, and some analysts say the vast disqualification would decrease the turnout rate.

Vienna talks about reviving the Iran nuclear deal is processing in final steps. If Raisi or hardliners become to the presidency, the agreement would be very hard. Vienna talks are a golden opportunity for both to agree together before the next presidential election.

It is worth mentioning that Iran’s next presidential election will hold on June 18, 2021.

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