Iran after Ahmadinejad: What to Expect From the Presidential Election

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Jun 13, 2013

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on all Iranians to vote in Friday's elections. He said, "Even if for reasons they don't want to support the Islamic ruling establishment, they do want to support their country though. Everyone must turn out." Last minute changes to the field of candidates and new endorsements for moderate candidate, Hassan Rouhani, have created “buzz” according to a journalist in Tehran. Will this late excitement have an impact on voter turnout, and more importantly, on the actual outcome? To gain insight into the field of candidates and the forces influencing the election, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program Director, Haleh Esfandiari, on what we might expect when the votes are counted. 

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