Iran presidential election 2021 | Presidential election in Iran: 5 fundamentalists in the fray, reformers removed at the last moment, know who is Ibrahim Raisi, Iran presidential election 2021: five candidates running for president
Mohsin Rezai, Amir Hussain Ghazizade Hashmi and Ibrahim Raisi  |  Photo Credits: AP, File Image
- There are five hardline candidates in the fray for Iran’s presidential election
- Among them, the position of Ibrahim Raisi is considered to be the strongest.
- Raisi is considered close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran : Presidential elections are being held in Iran today (Friday, June 18). Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opened Friday at 7 a.m. local time for the election, which is being held amid frustration and anger against the administration of outgoing President Hassan Rouhani.
By casting the first vote. The position of fundamentalists is considered strong in the election, for which five candidates are in the fray.
There were seven candidates in Iran’s presidential election, a moderate candidate and a hardline candidate withdrew on Wednesday, the last day of campaigning. Mohsin Mehralizadeh was the only reformist candidate to run for the presidential election in Iran. Along with him, radical candidate Alireza Jakani also withdrew from the presidential race, leaving five candidates in the fray.
Main match between 2 candidates
The main contest in this election is now being considered between the country’s hardline judiciary chief Ibrahim Raisi and former central bank chief Abdulnasir Hemmati. On Wednesday, the two candidates who announced their withdrawal from the election fray, are said to have strengthened their position. It is worth mentioning here that in Iran, candidates often withdraw their names to strengthen the chances of victory for like-minded candidates.
While the position of top banker Abdulnasir Hemmati has strengthened after the 64-year-old Mehralizadeh, who served as governor in two provinces of Iran, was seen as a powerful candidate after the hardline MP Jakani (55) withdrew from the election. He is going. Jakani, who has been out of the race for the presidency twice, withdrew his nomination on the last day of campaigning on Wednesday to express his support for Raisi.
Who are the rich?
Ibrahim Raisi is counted among the radical leaders of Iran. He is considered close to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He also tried his luck in Iran’s presidential election in 2017, but he lost to Hassan Rouhani. Then he warned about Raisi, saying that if Raeisi wins the election, then radical Islamic sanctions will be imposed on Iranians.
Raisi is part of a group of clerics that in 1988, on the orders of then supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, signed orders to kill thousands of detainees held after the Iran-Iraq war. After this, America also imposed sanctions on Reisi. Hemmati seems to be far behind the judiciary chief, Ibrahim, Raisi in this race.
These candidates are in the fray
Other candidates in the fray for Iran’s presidential election include former IRGC Commander-in-Chief Mohsin Rezai, Saeed Jalili, a negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal, and Amir Hussein Ghazizadeh Hashmi, deputy speaker of parliament, in addition to Ibrahim Raisi and Abdulnasar Hemmati. According to analysts who watch Iran’s politics, Raisi appears to be at the forefront of this election.
It is also worth mentioning here that in the presidential election of Iran, more than 600 people had nominated for the candidature. But the Guardian Council approved only seven candidates to contest. Two out of seven candidates withdrew their candidature on the last day of campaigning.
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