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The Kingmaker In Iran’s Presidential Election

…because Khamenei personifies the establishment, it is not his endorsement that matters, but that of respected antiestablishment figures who despite their political marginalisation still have unmatched reach within Iran’s society. Currently, that person is Khatami, who has managed to make use of social media to circumvent the government’s media blackout of him dating back to 2009.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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How Trump Is Already Shifting Domestic Politics In Iran

As election season approaches with the May presidential vote around the corner, there will be more discussions of this sort among Iranian political factions. Through Khatami’s call for unity in the face of Trump’s threats as well as Rouhani’s defiant speech on Feb. 10, the moderates and the Reformists are in essence pushing to the fore the benefits of a national reconciliation. However, in response, the radical conservatives have far from welcomed such an initiative. I

Read Here – Al Monitor

Rohani Takes Iranian Presidency; Will There Be Change?

Rohani‘s reputation as a mediator and someone who has worked within the corridors of power should be an advantage that Khatami, who was director of the national library before he became president, never enjoyed…A big test will be whether Rohani pushes for the release from house arrest of Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, two reformist leaders held under house arrest since 2011. That demand was a constant chant of Rohani supporters at his campaign rallies and on the streets of Tehran and elsewhere overnight.

Read Here – Reuters

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a message on Saturday, hailing the high voter turnout in Friday’s presidential election and saying that the elected president of Iran is the president of the entire nation.

Read Here – Tehran Times

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