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Iranian Election Marred By Corruption Results In New Hardline President – The Organization for World Peace

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On 19 June, Ebrahim Raisi won the popular vote to become the eighth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although he promises to champion economic prosperity and fight corruption, many are complaining that the election was not competitive and fraudulent. Amidst great economic hardship throughout Iran and continued nuclear negotiations, Raisi’s presidency will have a great impact both domestically and internationally.

The June election was under attack before votes were even cast. In Iran, every candidate must be approved by the Guardian Council—a group of six clerics and six jurists responsible for overseeing elections and parliamentary legislation. Al Jazeera reports that in early May, the Council changed its eligibility rule, allowing only “candidates aged between 40 and 75, who have no criminal record – including political dissent – [with] at least four years of senior executive leadership experience.” This disqualified certain…

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