Iran’s Elections Will Be a Referendum on Rouhani and the Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister at the Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Feb. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Ebrahim Norooz).
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister at the Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Feb. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Ebrahim Norooz).

On May 19, Iranians will go to the polls to choose their president for the 12th time since the Islamic Republic was established in 1979. The incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani, will almost certainly be one of the contenders, once Iran’s powerful Guardian Council confirms his candidacy. The upcoming elections will inevitably be a referendum, in part, on Rouhani’s track record, especially his promise to open up Iran’s economy after the nuclear agreement that lifted international sanctions. Unlike the American system, with its excruciatingly long election seasons, the official Iranian election calendar is deliberately short. The week-long official registration of candidates […]

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