For many living in Iran during the current election cycle, the reality is that whoever wins, the situation within the country is unlikely to change, but will be more of the same. According to the election regulations in Iran, all candidates must prove their loyalty in words and dead to the absolute rule of the Velayat-Faqih (supreme religious rule). Members of the Guardian Council, which is an unelected body that vets the candidates are appointed directly and indirectly by the Supreme Leader. Without the approval of Khamenei, no one can be a candidate.
When one examines the background of the candidates, all of them have been officials of the regime for many years. Even the two main contenders, Rouhani and Raisi, have held senior posts since the inception of the regime back in 1979.
What is currently happening in the election cycle is a power struggle between the factions of…
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