In June, the Iranian people will head to the polls to elect a new president after Hassan Rouhani’s term in office comes to an end. Rouhani’s 2013 election had raised high hopes in Iran, as people believed that his moderate approach would improve the economic and social situation in the country, but since then they have been sorely disappointed with his failure to generate any positive change.With the added pressures free to deplo?of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left Iranians in a state of distress andThe changing times.?struggling economically, Rouhani has lost his popularity. Now, as Rouhani continues to drop in the polls and Iran enters into a new chapter following the?Vienna talks?with the U.S., which stand a good chance at lifting some detrimental sanctions on particular Iranian financial sectorsThe Montreal Canadiens in NHL playoff hockey action Saturday, the Iranian people are looking elsewhere for new and a promising leadership.
There are several intriguing candidates vying for the position of presidency, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is a well-known figure in the West, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Ghalibaf, and former IRGC Commander Mohsen?Rezaee, who is currently the secretary of the regime’s Expediency Discernment Council.
Naturally, the candidates vary considerably with regard to their political, social, and economic agendas and their public support, and each man has a different relationship with the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a man who has ruled the country for over three decades. Indeed, the results of the upcoming election are profusely important given the talks Europe is brokering between Iran and the U.S. regarding a return to the nuclear agreement, and the possibility of restructuring Iran’s economy.