September 21, 2021

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Iran election: Polling stations closed at 2 p.m.

Their closure was exceptionally postponed three times due to health measures that delayed the voting process and the arrival of voters in the afternoon and evening.

The Interior Ministry has rejected a fourth request to extend the referendum of reformist candidate Abdol Nasser Hemmati.

The Iranians were due to elect a new president in an election on Friday, which, according to opinion polls, will be defeated by conservative Ebrahim Razi in the wake of discontent over the severe economic and social crisis affecting the country.

According to social media, the poll took place without incident.

The head of the judicial authority, Mr. Rici, 60, is an archivist, having no real competition after the disqualification of his main opponents. He could be selected in the first round.

59.3 million voters were invited to choose between the four candidates running for the country.

Some pre-poll polls predict a turnout of 60%, but according to the Force Agency, turnout could be as high as 50%.

The Interior Ministry, which had to announce the participation rate overnight, declined to give figures in circulation in the evening.

Of the seven candidates who were at the start of the election campaign, three voted and four candidates shared the votes of the electorate.

All candidates have pledged to address the country’s economic situation, which is suffocating US sanctions.

The solution lies in lifting these sanctions, which are the subject of negotiations to save the Vienna Agreement on Iranian nuclear power by reuniting the United States.

The Iranians were divided

On a street in Tehran, a nurse covered in a black corpse, Mr. Fighting. Says he wants to vote for Reese With certainty Against corruption. I hope he finds out Leave the population Privatizations, at-elle dit à l’AFP.

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Housewife Zahra Farahani says she went to an office Overflow. She is determined to go and vote later, M. R i c, He says he appreciates Performance on the topic of justice.

Hossain Ahmadi, he will not vote. This carpenter accuses the officers of not being there Nothing done For the country.

According to him, The situation is such that we have no choice but to stay quiet and stay at home in the hope that our voices will be heard.

Trader Sat Jari will also step down, because, Whether I vote or not, He told AFP, One has already been elected: they are organizing elections for the media.

Former President Ahmadinejad boycotted the vote

In 2017, the President Hassan Rohani, A moderate who supports open policy with the West and more individual freedoms, was re-elected in the first round. The turnout was 73%. But the hope he instilled led to disappointment.

Ayatollah Khamenei has stepped up calls for a large turnout, despite calls from deported opposition parties and some dissidents in Iran.

No matter what the elections, we have to go and vote despite the problems, Rohani slips his ballot into the ballot box and mentions ineligible candidates.

One of the most famous of them, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, released a video message on Friday condemning an organized election. Against the interests of the country. I do not want to participate in this sin, he said.

Rohani’s open policy failed

In 2017, Mr. With 38% of the vote against Rohani, Mr. In addition to Ra C, three candidates are vying: the little-known deputy, Amir Hossain Kasizadeh-Hassami; Gen. Mohsen Raza, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards and Abdolnasar Hemmati, a technical banker, is a former chairman of the Central Bank.

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Unable to stand for the third time in a row, Mr. Rouhani’s record has been shattered since the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which ended with major powers in 2018, due to the failure of his open policy.

This withdrawal and the re-imposition of punitive US sanctions plunged the country into a deep recession, intimidating foreign investors and depriving the government of its export oil revenues. In December and January 2017-2018 and November 2019, Two waves were suppressed in protest violence.

As for the opposition among the deported and human rights defenders, Mr. R C is a metaphor for repression and his name is associated with the mass execution of left-wing prisoners in 1988, a tragedy in which he refuses to take part.