After Raisi's funeral, Iran focuses on voting for successor

After Raisi's funeral, Iran focuses on voting for successor

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Iran has been witnessing nationwide protests since late 2022, sparked by the custodial death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in Tehran for allegedly violating a strict dress code for women.
Hundreds of people, including dozens of security personnel, were killed and thousands were arrested.

Political expert Abbas Abdi told the reformist newspaper Hammihan that if Iran's “protester community” sees an opportunity for change, it will “show its protest, activism and responsibility by participating in the elections”.

He said he was “confident the reformists will win by a landslide margin”, but only if they were allowed to participate – a major concern after several candidates were disqualified ahead of recent elections.

Abdi said if authorities allow diverse candidates to contest this time, “it will create the necessary hope among people and lead to greater participation.”

Under Iran's election process, candidates will have several days to formally register, starting on May 30.

However, the final list will depend on the outcome of a verification process by the Conservative-dominated Guardian Council after the June 3 registration deadline.

The 12-member committee overseeing the elections had previously banned several candidates, including Ahmadinejad and Larijani.

Recent parliamentary and presidential elections have seen a decline in turnout despite efforts by authorities to encourage people to vote.
Ahead of Iran's parliamentary elections on March 1, the Guardian Council disqualified thousands of candidates.

Many of these were reformists and liberals, so the investigation helped Iran's conservative and ultra-conservative politicians consolidate their hold on power.

The assembly elections held in March saw the lowest voter turnout since 1979.

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