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skinner May 18th, 2017 3:47pm

Iranian elections will take place tomorrow between reformist President Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner and former jurist. Rouhani is leading in the opinion polls, but Raisi has the tacit support of the Supreme Leader. Who will win?

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AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
05/21/17 8:14 am

I'm relieved Rouhani won.

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/18/17 12:16 pm

Iran.....(shudder). Whoever wins will be a disaster

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followingsea Illinois is
05/18/17 11:51 am

What? Iran more fucked up than congress, following a nutty religious zealot.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/18/17 10:24 am

Rouhani. He's been saying some things and gotten endorsements from the right people that'll push him over the top

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/18/17 10:24 am

I think Trump's extension on the waiver of sanctions will also help. There just hasn't been a poll since that happened.

rons Thanks America
05/18/17 8:54 am

Who ever the ayatollah picks.

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rons Thanks America
05/18/17 10:25 am

Yeah, right.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/18/17 10:58 am

So far he has only called for high turn out.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
05/21/17 5:17 am

Raisi was a major hardliner that scared the piss out of the people. It will be a cold day in hell if Rouhani gets anything of substance passed against the Ayatollah's conservatives and odds are being made whether he survives this term.

skinner Jersey City
05/18/17 8:48 am

The election could have major consequences as it could decide who succeeds the aging Supreme Leader when he dies, which will probably be relatively soon.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
05/18/17 10:23 am

What? The President doesn't succeed the Supreme Leader, do they?

skinner Jersey City
05/19/17 6:24 am

No, it's complicated, but my understanding is that the proximity to power would increase Rouhani's chance of having the Assembly of Experts pick him or another reformist to become the next Supreme Leader. It's an experience that mirrors how Khamenei took power

www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/18/whats-really-at-stake-in-irans-presidential-election/