21 February 2018

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07/28/2016 IRAN

Presidential elections set for May 19, 2017. Risks for Rouhani

The President is loved by Iranians that opens the relations with the international community. But the conservative fringes show the few benefits received. The Iranian economy is still blocked thanks to the US, which maintain the embargo on the use of the dollar in financial transactions.

Teheran (AsiaNews) - The Guardian Council has announced that next year's presidential election will be held May 19. Hassan Rouhani, the current moderate president, will try to win another term.

Rouhani was able to launch an agreement with the major powers to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic and financial sanctions. The population respects him for this because it has allowed Iran to take up its role as an integral part of the international community.

But the conservative fringes - Ayatollah and the Revolutionary Guards – are attempting to disuade any further contact and openings between the country and the rest of the world, in an attempt to maintain control over the country, the economic and black market monopolies.

This is seen in their emphasis on the problems that still exist after the signing of the deal, showing that Iran has drawn only a few benefits.

Aiding them in this - indirectly - is the United States which refuses to allow the US dollar to be used in economic transactions with Iran thus risking an avalanche of economic contracts that Iran signed in the past few months with European and Asian countries.

If Hassan Rouhani is not re-elected next year, he would be the first Iranian president to not enjoy a second term.

See also

15/05/2017 11:32:00 IRAN
The ayatollahs pull against the democracy of presidential elections

On May 19, Iran will choose its president. But power is always in the hands of the Ali Khamenei and the Guardians of the Constitution. The population and above all the young people want reforms and openings to the world.

20/04/2016 20:45:00 IRAN
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists

Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.

04/01/2018 09:31:00 IRAN
Tehran: Pasdaran declare the 'end of sedition’, but tensions remain

Gen. Ali Jafari applauds the "security preparedness and people's vigilance" that led to the defeat of enemies. And he accuses monarchists, anti-revolutionaries and "enemy" forces outside Iran. But in some cities, outbreaks of tension remain. Trump continues to blow on the fire of the uprising and promises support "at the right time".

02/01/2018 10:18:00 IRAN
Demonstrations continue in many Iranian cities. Policeman killed

Demonstrations are in their fifth day. Underpinned by economic difficulties, youth unemployment, rising prices, but also criticism of the government and corruption of the regime. Rouhani: Yes to criticism, no to violence. Revolutionary Guards say the protests are supported from abroad. Reactions in the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia. Russia: An internal affair.

02/05/2016 13:07:00 IRAN
Tehran’s new parliament increasingly reformist and open to women

After the second round of the elections two days ago, the reformists can count on 133 seats; the conservatives 125 and for the first time they lose their majority. There are also 17 women, mostly reformist. A female member of parliament was blocked by the Guardian Council for having shaken hands with a man. The doubts of Khamenei.


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