Seven men aspire to the succession of Hasan Rohaní as head of the presidency of Iran, in the elections that will take place on Friday.
All agree on the necessary impulse to the negotiations to save the Nuclear Agreement, although the third and last debate between the candidates, held this past weekend, has revealed their discrepancies.
The reformist, Abdolnaser Hemmati, warns of an eventual victory for his conservative rivals.
“Mr. Raisi: Who is the leader of these five people who are against me? What will happen if power falls into the hands of extremists or hardliners? What will happen if it falls into their hands? Let me say this very clearly : “There will be new sanctions with a stronger global consensus”Hemmati said.
The ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi, responded that his priority is to provide a solution to the sanctions that suffocate the country’s economy, defending the terms of the Nuclear Agreement signed with the powers in 2015.
“We are committed to the Nuclear Accord (JCPoA) as a contract and an obligation confirmed by the Supreme Leader, as administrations must keep their commitments, but you cannot implement the Accord. The Accord must be implemented by a strong administration.”Raisi pointed out.
These election campaign days coincide with a new round of the negotiations on the Nuclear Agreement taking place in Vienna, although it is unlikely that the results will arrive before Friday’s elections.
In any case, the vote of the Iranians will be conditioned by the greatest economic crisis that this generation is experiencing, with suffocating sanctions, the consequences of which have worsened with the pandemic.
“In the years that I have been working, I have seen economic conditions improve in the last six or seven years. I have never seen anything worse, it is horrible”explained Fakhreddine, a merchant in Tehran.
“Obviously, I feel bad, frustrated. You wake up every day, you wake up in the morning, you work until night, and you don’t earn anything.”commented Amirhosein, a vendor in a market shop.
These are expected to be the lowest turnout presidential elections since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
A recent poll indicates that only 36% of Iranians eligible to vote plan to go to the polls. They are much more concerned about escalating prices and unemployment than about the president who will be in charge of the country.