Tomorrow the Iranians will elect their next president. They can also cast their votes in the local elections. As in previous elections, it’s a choice between radical Islamists, which the country is known for, and the moderates led by the current president Rohani.
Rohani, who is running for a second term, is challenged by Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi receives support from the religious hardliners who believe Iran’s traditional values are on the decline. Much depends on the outcome from this election, ranging from the future talks about the controversial nuclear deal to allowing citizens to have dogs as pets. But most important, the next president might have to appoint the next supreme religious leader of Iran (Ayatollah), and that could have an impact for decades to come.
Text: Wout Troch