Iran Field Narrows As Candidates Quit On Campaign's Last Day

Iran Field Narrows As Candidates Quit On Campaign's Last Day

Three of the seven men who had been approved to enter the race pulled out, further bolstering the position of Raisi, in a vote expected to see record low turnout.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The race narrowed into a showdown between the country's hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief.
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of a foreign conspiracy to undermine the vote.
  • Iran's clerical vetting body had barred a range of prominent reformists and key allies of relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani to run in this election. Instead, it gave the green light to Raisi and several low-profile candidates, mostly hard-liners with little popular support.
  • The Guardian Council's evisceration of any viable challengers has sparked widespread criticism and fueled calls for a boycott.
  • Voter apathy was running deep even before the disqualifications, due partly to the devastated economy and subdued campaigning amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

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