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Why Rouhani Will Likely Win Second Term

| May 02, 2017

On April 20, Iran's Guardian Council announced the slate of six candidates who will compete in the May 19 presidential elections. In recent months, as the vote has approached, the conventional wisdom among political observers has been that the election is incumbent President Hassan Rouhani's to lose. But a series of surprises have cast doubt on this expert consensus: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put in a surprise bid for candidacy on April 12, against the stated wishes of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while recent polls of voter preferences for prospective candidates show a tighter race than anticipated. This increased competition is a crucial component of elections in Iran....

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For Academic Citation: Rouhi, Mahsa.“Why Rouhani Will Likely Win Second Term.” Al-Monitor, May 2, 2017.