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Iran fears low turnout in tomorrow's election: "Raisi has already been elected" - Walla! news

2021-06-21T06:53:13.064Z

Outgoing President Rouhani has called on citizens to go to the polls, despite the frustration and feeling that the race has been decided in advance in favor of the head of the justice system. "If we fail, the pressure of our enemies will increase," Khamenei warned. The moderate camp is divided between a boycott and support for the former central bank governor. "Voting - an insult to intelligence"



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Iran fears low turnout in tomorrow's election: "Raisi has already been elected"

Outgoing President Rouhani has called on citizens to go to the polls, despite the frustration and feeling that the race has been decided in advance in favor of the head of the justice system.

"If we fail, the pressure of our enemies will increase," Khamenei warned.

The moderate camp is divided between a boycott and support for the former central bank governor.

"Voting - an insult to intelligence"

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Thursday, 17 June 2021, 16:06 Updated: 17:10

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In the video: Many residents are expected to boycott the elections in Iran because of the economic situation (Photo: Reuters)

The Iranian leadership is calling on the country's citizens to vote tomorrow (Friday) in the country's presidential election, in light of the regime's fear of a low turnout due to the many frustrations in the public and the feeling that the winner has already been decided behind the scenes.



Only four candidates remain in the race, led by Justice Ibrahim Raisi, a cleric close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and subject to US sanctions for human rights abuses. His last significant rival is former central bank governor Abed Nasser Hamati, who belongs to the more moderate camp. The other prominent names have been disqualified by the Council of Constitutional Guards affiliated with the radical camp and others have resigned in recent days.



Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, who belongs to the moderate camp, today called on citizens to put aside their frustration and go to the polls tomorrow. He said, in allusion to the Board of the Guardians of the Constitution, that they should not let "the omissions of a particular institution or group" influence their decision. "For now, let's not think about the frustrations tomorrow,"Said Rouhani in things broadcast on television.

May inherit Khamenei one day.

Raisi at an election rally in Tehran (Photo: Reuters)

Yesterday, Khamenei urged citizens to vote in large numbers, saying a high turnout would help Tehran avoid foreign pressure.

"In less than 48 hours, a crucial event will happen in the country. In your presence and vote, you will actually determine the fate of the country, on all major issues," the supreme leader said, though he has the crucial authority in policy-making, while the president focuses on the country's day-to-day management.



"If the new president is elected by a significant majority of the votes, he will be a strong president who can carry out big tasks. If we fail the voting rate in the elections, the pressure of our enemies on us will increase," Khamenei said.



The race was reduced to just four candidates after two others belonging to the hawk camp - Said Jalili, a former member of the nuclear negotiating team, and MP Ali Raza Zakani - retired yesterday to help establish Raisi's status.

On the other hand, the moderate candidate Mohsin Harlizada also resigned to bolster the dead.

The other two remaining candidates belong to Raisi's camp, and they can still retire or declare their support for him until tomorrow.



Parts of Iran's reformist camp, including former presidential candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi who has been under house arrest since 2011 and the Shah's exiled son, have called for a boycott of the election.

In recent weeks, many Iranians have tweeted the hashtag "not to an Islamic republic," and some polls show that the turnout may be only 41%, a much lower rate than previous election campaigns.

The public is discouraged by the situation.

Women pass an election sign in Tehran (Photo: Reuters)

In addition to the outrage over the disqualification of prominent candidates such as former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, the public is desperate for the economic crisis exacerbated by US sanctions, as well as government corruption, mismanagement and violent repression of the fuel protest that erupted in 2019. year, and killing all 176 passengers of his damaged public trust regime.



'vote would be an insult to my intelligence, "said Fatma, 55, who refused to reveal her last name for fear of revenge of the regime." Raisi has been selected by the government regardless of who will vote. "



side Second, many prominent reformists have called for unification around the dead, including former President Mohammed Khatami and Mahdi Karubi, an ally of Musaway who has also been under house arrest since 2011. They argued that a massive boycott of the election would guarantee Raisi the victory.



The polls will open tomorrow at 7:00, and will close at 2:00 at night.

The Interior Ministry said that due to the corona plague, voting would take place in open spaces outside the 67,000 polling stations across the country, while maintaining social distance and wearing masks.

In addition, voters are asked to bring their own pens for marking their selection.

A dialogue with the US was not ruled out. The former governor of the bank died (Photo: Reuters)

The election coincides with negotiations between Iran and the powers in Vienna, on a return to the nuclear deal after Tehran violated most of its commitments in response to US sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.



The current president, Joe Biden, wants to return to the agreement, and Raisi's victory is also not expected to significantly affect Iran's position in the talks determined by Khamenei.

But if 60-year-old Raisi wins a significant majority with a high turnout, he will be able to establish his status as the future successor of 82-year-old Khamenei after his death.



Mati spoke out this week in favor of holding direct talks with the United States if Washington supports "positive coexistence" with Tehran.

The two countries have severed ties since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and Khamenei opposes any direct dialogue with the "Great Devil," as America is called by extremists in Iran.

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