Khamenei protege wins Iran election amid low turnout

Jun 20 2021
Al Jazzeera
DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured victory as expected on Saturday in Iran’s presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.
With all 28.9 million ballots counted, Raisi was elected with a tally of 17.9 million, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on state TV.

Iranian Media Name Potential Candidates For 2021 Presidential Election

Jul 30 2020
Radio Farda

Nine months before the next presidential election in Iran, concerns over the coronavirus pandemic has pushed competition over the post of president of the Islamic Republic to backstage.

Unofficial campaigning for presidential election in Iran usually starts as early as the inauguration of the second term of the incumbent President. Iranian media have lined up possible candidates several times before the pandemic overshadowed everything including the presidential race.

Religious minorities take part in Iran legislative elections

Feb 16 2020
Press TV

Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Armenians and Assyrians are getting ready to cast their ballots in Iran’s eleventh parliamentary elections. Under the Constitution, there are five reserved seats in the legislature for Iran’s religious minorities. Speaking to Press TV, voters said, their communities will take part in elections as it’s a national duty.

Iran candidates kick off campaigns for parliamentary elections

Feb 13 2020
al Jazeera

Guardian Council, which vets prospective candidates, barred more than 9,000 from out of more than 16,000 aspirants.

Thousands of Iranian candidates approved to run in parliamentary elections kicked off their campaigns on Thursday ahead of next week's vote, even after authorities barred thousands of others from running, mainly reformists and moderates.


The February 21 parliamentary elections come amid high tensions between Tehran and Washington, which is at its peak in 40 years.

Iran Begins Registering Candidates For February 2020 Parliamentary Polls

Dec 01 2019
Radio Free Europe

Registration has begun for candidates running in Iran’s parliamentary elections set for February 2020, Iranian media reported.

The registration kicked off on December 1 and will continue until December 7, the official government news agency IRNA reported.

The elections will be a gauge for the popularity of President Hassan Rohani and his allies.

It comes after protests and deadly unrest over a significant rise in the price of gasoline.

Iran mulls referendum over nuclear deal: Rouhani

Jun 06 2019
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani suggested that the country might hold a referendum over its controversial nuclear programme.

Iran’s president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country’s nuclear program amid the unravelling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday.

Damascus rejects Arab Summit’s criticism of Iran’s presence in Syria

May 31 2019
AMN Al-Masdar NEWS
The government in Damascus has rejected the final statement of the Arab emergency summit held in Saudi Arabia, which criticizes what it called “Iranian intervention” into Syrian affairs, AP reports.
Damascus said the statement was an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

Qatar attendance at Saudi summit raises prospect of detente

May 29 2019
Saudi Arabia
The Guardian
A possible US-backed thaw in Qatari-Saudi relations has been signalled by Qatari diplomats travelling to Saudi Arabia to lay the ground for their country’s attendance at a major summit in Mecca on alleged Iranian aggression in the region.
Qatar’s attendance will be seen as the biggest rapprochement between the two countries since the Saudis launched a sweeping economic and political blockade against the gas-rich country two years ago, accusing Doha of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia, fund terrorism and promote the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East.

Can Oman pull the US and Iran back from the brink of confrontation?

May 22 2019
Oman's goodwill and relationships with the Muslim world and the West could prove vital, as they have historically, to ensuring that US-Iran tensions don't boil over.
Against the backdrop of escalating tension in Iran’s relations with the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah went to Tehran on May 20.