Hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi won Iran’s presidential election on Saturday in a move expected to cement the conservative legacy of the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The decision is not expected to derail ongoing negotiations aimed at restoring the JCPOA nuclear agreement, although Mr Raisi himself is under US sanctions over accusations Human rights violations. many voters Stay away from the polls The outcome was predicted for months, with many progressive candidates barred from running.
“The Islamic Republic has entered a post-revolutionary dynamic as a fading revolutionary generation seeks to ensure that the rising political leadership maintains its revolutionary ideals,” says Norman T. Rowley, former director of national intelligence for Iran at ODNI and Cipher Brief Expert. The regime’s decision to block this number The large number of candidates and the low turnout make this election a historic embarrassment for the regime and its supporters.
Cipher Briefing spoke with Roule about what the elections mean and don’t mean when it comes to relations with the West, the progressive movement within Iran and the impact of the elections on oil markets.
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