Reflections on the upcoming presidential elections in Iran

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The hoped-for transition that would enhance the internal Iranian performance is to regain the reform-oriented discourse within the project of Iran's reconciliation with itself on one hand and its reconciliation with other neighbouring states on the other hand. It is well known that the Iranian policies towards these states have led to heated disagreements that have reached at times the point of unveiled hostility.

Thus, it is a challenge between two projects, each focusing on crucial issues. On one hand, Reformists who enjoy popular support and include historical figures are insisting on confrontation, exerting their utmost efforts to defeat President Ahmadinejad and his representatives in the first round of elections.

On the other hand, the conservatives make use of their media, military and economic institutions, getting support from the Supreme Leader who has shown a clear bias to their project. They do not spare any effort to avoid a repeated scene of exclusion. They want to enhance their power in the decision making process and maintain their influence over the internal decisions of the country. However, it is said that if the conservatives win in these elections, this would increase Tehran's isolation and worsen the thorny issues of the region.

Given these facts, the Majalla authors give their view of the presidential Iranian elections of 2009.


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