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Iran’s Reformists face tough choice between participation or boycotting election

While Reformists are hesitant to give legitimacy to what they believe to be a fraudulent vote, they are also aware that if they do not participate in the Friday election, it would be difficult for them to win in the next election four years later.
Supporters of Iran's Reformist candidate Abdolnasser Hemmati hold his campaign posters during a rally in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on June 15, 2021, three days ahead of the Islamic Republic's June 18 presidential election.

With less than two days until Iranians head to the polls to elect a new president on June 18, Reformists and moderates have to make up their mind on whether to join the game or boycott it.

After the Guardian Council — an unelected body charged with vetting candidates — disqualified the main Reformist and moderate presidential hopefuls, it became clear from the onset that the Reformist front in Iranian politics would face a bumpy road to participating in this year’s presidential elections. 

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