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Hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi poised to win Iran presidency: 3 ways it matters

Ebrahim Raisi would be the first serving Iranian president sanctioned by the U.S. government even before entering office.

6/19/2021 10:11:00 AM

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline legal official sanctioned by the U.S. government, was poised to win Iran's presidential election after his main rivals conceded defeat Saturday, according to state media.

Ebrahim Raisi would be the first serving Iranian president sanctioned by the U.S. government even before entering office.

AP journalist explains context of Iran electionIranians were on Friday voting in a presidential election that a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seemed likely to win. (June 18)APEbrahim Raisi, a hardline legal official sanctioned by the U.S. government, was poised to win Iran's presidential election after his main rivals conceded defeat Saturday, according to state media. 

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Raisi is the chief of Iran's judiciary and was the runner-up in Iran's last presidential election in 2017. IncumbentHassan Rouhani,a moderate, is stepping down because he has reached his term limit. Rouhani served two four-year terms and broadly speaking he sought more engagement with the West. As supreme leader, Khamenei ultimately has the final say on all Iran's domestic and overseas policy. However, the election of a new Iranian president could impact a range of issues, internal and external.

Here are three ways Iran's vote matters: The nuclear deal Washington and Tehran, aided by European nations and Russia, are currently locked in talks over if, and on what terms, to resume a2015 nuclear accordexited by former President Donald Trump. headtopics.com

The field of candidates for Iran's presidential election was whittled down to just four – three hardliners and a centrist. Raisi's victory could complicate those discussions. He was sanctioned by the U.S. over his involvement in the mass execution of Iranian political prisoners in the 1980s. 

Exclusive: Iran diplomat says 'window is closing' for Biden to rejoin nuclear dealBut Holly Dagres, a London-based senior fellow with the Atlantic Council think tank's Middle East program, said the election is unlikely to change the overall course of the nuclear deal discussions, which are moving toward restoring the accord. 

"The human rights sanctions (on Raisi) are a problem but he also supports the nuclear deal, in part because the supreme leader endorses the deal. And just because the president in Iran is changing doesn't mean the foreign policy will, too."

'A game of chicken': U.S. holds indirect talks with Iran over nuclear deal amid conflicting political pressureIt's the economy (and everything else)Dissatisfaction with Iran's economy, as well as longstanding government crackdowns on social and political activists, appears to be behind a likely historically low turnout among Iran's 60 million eligible voters (out of a population of 80 million). headtopics.com

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TheIranian Student Polling Agency, a state-backed agency, has estimated a turnout of just 42%. If confirmed, it would be the lowest ever since the country's Islamic Revolution in 1979.All the candidates – Raisi; Abdolnasser Hemmati, Iran's former central bank chief; Mohsen Rezaei, a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard commander; and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, a far-right lawmaker – were approved by Khamenei to run in the election. Of several dozen women hopefuls, all were disqualified. Several other moderate candidates were also barred from running. 

"Through the participation of the people the country and the Islamic ruling system will win great points in the international arena, but the ones who benefit first are the people themselves," Khamenei said."Go ahead, choose and vote," 

U.S. sanctions reimposed on Iran's major industries, such as oil and plastics, by the Trump administration have exacerbated Iran's economic problems, including mass unemployment and double-digit inflation. But numerous other issues have contributed to voter apathy, including executions of political prisoners, the shooting down by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard of a

, a lack of meaningful reforms and the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.  Read more: USA TODAY »

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Exclusive: Iran hard-liner Raisi to win election at pivotal Middle East moment, poll shows'All indications suggest that [Ebrahim] Raisi will become Iran's next president,' IranPoll CEO Amir Farmanesh said in a statement shared alongside exclusive data sent to Newsweek. 'Contrary to what some believe, his election is unlikely to significantly change the course of Iran's foreign policy.' No one should be surprised !

Iran's moderate candidate concedes defeat to Raisi in presidential votePresident Rouhani announces his successor has been elected, without naming the winner. Low turnout reported for the vote dominated by Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The result was predetermined because it looked like an election (very low turnout -- sanctioned by the people) , but truly an appointment by Khamenei.

Iran's sole moderate presidential candidate congratulates Raisi for his victory - state mediaIran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, Iranian state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued. None of your business to label the candidates 🤢🤢🤮 There were 8 candidates at first and more than one moderate the moderates that couldn't win dropped out earlier, Iranians knew a hardliner would win

Iran's sole moderate presidential candidate congratulates Raisi for his victory - state mediaIran's moderate presidential candidate congratulated his hardline rival hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi for winning the election, Iranian state media reported on Saturday, as the interior ministry said counting of the votes continued. None of your business to label the candidates 🤢🤢🤮 There were 8 candidates at first and more than one moderate the moderates that couldn't win dropped out earlier, Iranians knew a hardliner would win

Iran's moderate candidate concedes defeat to Raisi in presidential votePresident Rouhani announces his successor has been elected, without naming the winner. Low turnout reported for the vote dominated by Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The result was predetermined because it looked like an election (very low turnout -- sanctioned by the people) , but truly an appointment by Khamenei.

Moderate Iran candidate concedes win by judiciary chiefDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The sole moderate in Iran's presidential election conceded his loss early Saturday to the country's hard-line judiciary chief. It signaled the protege of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had won a vote he dominated after the disqualification of his strongest competition. Why Twitter is not labelling this as a misleading information? If he didn’t concede his head would roll. Lol. There is no democracy in Iran.