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Trump looms over Iranian presidential election

Ali Hashem reports from Tehran that relations with the United States may be a defining issue for next Iranian president.
An Iranian man reads a prayer over the coffins of late president Ebrahim Raisi (portrait top L) and late governor of Iran's East Azerbaijan Province Malik Rahmati (portrait top R) during a funeral ceremony at the Imam Reza shrine, in the city of Mashhad, on May 23, 2024.

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Iran will hold elections on June 28 for the successor to Ebrahim Raisi, who died on May 19, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, in a helicopter crash in mountains near the border with Azerbaijan.

The announcement of the candidates — who are chosen after a strict vetting process by Iran's Assembly of Experts — will reveal whether Raisi's death will result in an opening up, an even slight one, of the country's politics, reports Ali Hashem from Tehran.

“I don’t see this event shaking the system,” said Hashem, who has been in Iran this week covering the official ceremonies and funerals. “Iran’s system is complicated. It’s almost impossible to change from inside, let alone from external pressure.”

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