İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- 18.04.2017 Iran’s presidential elections are coming. It has been announced that the elections will be held on 19 May.  The currentleader, Hassan Rouhani, desires to be elected ones more. However, it seems he will face some challenges. 

Initially, it is significant to remind that Iran Nuclear Deal did not get apositive response inside the country. Before the deal was signed, he promised to have a quick increase in economic gains but the reality was different. There is a strong opposition against him about the issue.

Secondly, he has to compete with strong political figures in politics. Registration period forcandidates for upcoming elections ended on Saturday, with a record number of applications as 1,636 people including 137 women.

The former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tehran’smayor, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf and Ebrahim Raisi, a close ally of the country’s supreme leader are among a handful of other serious candidates running.

The list of presidential hopefuls was sent to the Guardian Council, a powerful body of jurists and clerics, which began a five-day vetting process on Sunday. Usually, a limited number of candidates are allowed to run for the elections.

Ali Ansari, a professor of Iranian history at the University of St Andrews, said “Rouhani is not in as strong a position as we think he is, because he delivered the JCPOA [nuclear deal]. JCPOA in Iran is not seen as a giant triumph and for me, the problem is the way Rouhani sold it”. He added  ““I think the fact that Raisi is coming, unless he steps aside, it looks very unlikely to me that the Nizam [ruling system] would allow Raisi to be humiliated in an election. He hasn’t come to lose. He is an up-and-coming player in the system”.

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