Iran Ready for Presidential Election After Ebrahim Raisi's Death, What's Special
Iran Ready for Presidential Election After Ebrahim Raisi's Death, What's Special

Tehran, Iran - After the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, Iran has shifted its focus to the upcoming presidential election. The nation is mourning Raisi, who passed away along with his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and six others when their helicopter collided with a mountainside covered in fog on May 19.

The funeral ceremonies honoring Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian drew large crowds of mourners, but now attention is turning to the future leadership of the country. The election, scheduled for June 28, has already seen a diverse array of candidates from various political factions throwing their hats into the ring.

The conservative camp, aligned with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is pushing to install a loyalist successor. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the former Revolutionary Guards commander and current speaker of parliament, has been a prominent figure mentioned in the context of the upcoming election.

Key figures expected to run for the presidency include:

Mohammad Mokhber, Raisi's vice president, who has been tasked with overseeing interim responsibilities until the election.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the current parliament speaker.

Saeed Jalili, an ultraconservative former nuclear negotiator.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, a moderate former foreign minister.

Ali Larijani, a centrist who previously served as parliament speaker.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a populist ex-president who has kept his potential candidacy uncertain.

The election comes at a challenging time for Iran, amidst the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, economic difficulties exacerbated by international sanctions, and ongoing diplomatic tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

Political analyst Abbas Abdi expressed optimism that broad participation in the election could lead to positive developments for the country. However, concerns remain over the Guardian Council's role in validating candidates, which has historically disqualified many reformist and moderate candidates.

Under Iran's electoral procedures, candidates have until May 30 to register their candidacy. The Guardian Council will then vet the candidates and announce the final roster by June 3.

Recent elections have seen a decline in voter turnout, largely due to disqualifications by the Guardian Council, which critics say consolidate power among conservative and ultraconservative factions.

Iranians are keenly watching how the election process unfolds, hopeful that it will bring stability and progress amidst these challenging times.

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