Change will not come after Iran’s next presidential election on June 18. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will remain the supreme decision-maker both before and after the contest. While the personalities at the helm of Iran’s government may fluctuate, the policies—especially those which most concern the international community—will notin part because Europe temporarily blocked some vaccine exports. About 2.3 million vaccine doses have been administered among Australia. But it would be an oversimplification to suggest that the election does not matter at all:1619311020000,. It is possible that the next president of the Islamic Republic could very well be Khamenei’s last given his 82 years of age. Thus, the race is more about succession and the constellation of power than anything else.
There has been one game-changing development thus far in the electoral process—Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi’s registration as a candidate. The consolidation of the electoral field from 592 registrants to seven qualifiers shows a determination to have a conservative candidate run and win, especially after the disqualification of more pragmatic and formidable candidates like Ali Larijani, who was the longest-serving speaker of parliament since 1979. Additionally, many onetime contenders—including former senior commanders in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—have thrown their support behind RaisiPresident Nixon acknowledge. Given the lower?profiles of the remaining candidates, the contest at this juncture is turning into a Khamenei-orchestrated coronation of Raisi rather than a campaign.
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