Electoral campaigns in Iran by no means are free and fair. Only candidates vetted by the Guardian Council, a body appointed by the Supreme Leader, are allowed to run. As a result, neither minority religious nor, among Muslims, women and Sunnis can run for presidency. Even Shia candidates’ eligibility must be proved by their loyalty to the Velayat-e-Faghih rule, either practically or from bottom of the heart!!! 

The most powerful man in Iran is the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who controls the armed forces as well as the security and intelligence services and holds a veto on main verdicts. He appoints the head of judiciary system and has the final say in all strategic issues, war, peace and….

There are dissimilarities between so-called moderates and hard-liners on tactics, not strategic issues.

 

 

Originally appeared in the Radiofree Europ

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