Iran's Election: 'The Fate Of The Country Is In The Hands Of People'
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Iran’s Election: ‘The Fate Of The Country Is In The Hands Of People’

In what looks set to be a tight race, polls have opened in Iran for the 2017 presidential election. According to CNN, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term against a phalanx of hardline conservative opponents. Rouhani was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the US, the EU and other partners. And in part, the election is being seen as a referendum on that agreement. So far, the agreement has only yielded mixed economic results for Iranians. Rouhani’s closest opponent is conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who has cast doubts on the benefits of the nuclear deal. The outcome of the election could have an enormous impact on Iran’s relationship with the West. Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was among the first to cast his ballot and urged others to do the same. He said, “I believe that the presidential election is very important. The fate of the country is in the hands of people.”
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/middleeast/iran-presidential-election/index.html

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