Given the long queues and high voter turnout across Iran, the cut-off time for casting votes had to be extended multiple times.
A high voter turnout in urban areas, where 70% of the population resides, is being seen as key to Hassan Rouhani’s re-election. But in rural areas, where voting turnout is typically high, Ebrahim Raisi’s platform of economic misery and more cash-handouts could find a resonance.
Ahead of the presidential election, Iranian journalists put forth some tough questions to the country’s most powerful body, including about it not being in favour of female candidates.
Two recent rallies in Tehran highlighted just how different the two candidates’ supporters and their concerns for the country are.
It is possible that Trump’s policy will push Iran to conduct more ballistic missile tests, get more involved in Yemen and play a counterproductive role in Iraq.
“This election is a real confrontation between a real Islamic Republic and a ceremonial one,” said Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi.
The supreme leader’s remarks criticising Rouhani’s promotion of a “Western influenced” education plan came ahead of the polls in which Rouhani seeks re-election.
Rouhani has already won the backing of former president Mohammad Khatami, considered the spiritual leader of the reformists, who declared his support on his website on May 2.