2017 Iran Elections

The story behind the end of Ahmadinejad’s bid for third term

Friday, Apr. 28, 2017 | Fereshteh Sadeghi, Contributor

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from seeking a third term on May 19. But was this because the Guardian Council disqualified him — or because it didn’t approve of his qualifications to run in this year’s race?

Conservative presidential candidate paints bleak picture of Iran

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 | Arash Karami, Contributor

Ebrahim Raisi expressed support for economic policies that led to high inflation in Iran.

Does Iran's Khamenei really have a preferred candidate?

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 | Reza Marashi, Contributor

Ebrahim Raisi has been depicted as the Iranian supreme leader's candidate in both Western and Iranian media — but does Ayatollah Ali Khamenei really have a preference?

Is Putin interfering in Iran’s presidential elections?

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017 | Rohollah Faghihi, Contributor

Conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi’s meeting with a visiting Russian official has raised debate on Moscow’s potential interference in Iran’s May 19 vote.

Why did over 1,600 Iranians sign up to run for president?

Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017 | Saeid Jafari, Contributor

Over 1,600 Iranians showed up at the Interior Ministry to register to run in the May 19 presidential election, fully aware that the Guardian Council will block their running.

Iran's conservative presidential candidates pledge more cash handouts, jobs

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 | Rohollah Faghihi, Contributor

Presidential candidates Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and Ebrahim Raisi focus on the economy and make pledges to create jobs to attract votes.

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