Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani
08:43, May 17, 2017
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According to the conservatives' polls, Rouhani and Ghalibaf would draw an equal number of votes in the coming elections.
Seeking a second term, pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, 68, remains the narrow favourite, but hardline rivals have hammered him over his failure to boost an economy weakened by decades of sanctions. He's up for re-election. A war of words between Washington and Tehran appears to reflect the new administration's view of Iran as a global threat rather than merely a regional troublemaker. Thomas, thanks for joining us.
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KELLY: So how likely is it looking that President Rouhani will remain President Rouhani and win another term? The Kalameh website reported that opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, under house arrest since 2011, had requested a mobile ballot box be brought to his residence so that he could vote for Rouhani. He's promising reforms. He's promising more freedom.
During the presidential campaign he promised to tackle the economic problems of the country.
For the past several months the ultra-conservative camp has been vocal in its criticism of Mr. Rouhani's agenda, dismissing his economic and political outreach to the West as being naive and risky for the ideological future of the Iranian system. "Anyone who does not obey him we will turn our backs on them".
While the election results are uncertain, it is not in the conservative establishment's interest to push for political change - not yet. She said: "They are both from the conservative camp but draw on different constituencies". The first one is now the mayor of Tehran, airline pilot, former police commander Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
"Those who sympathise with the heads of sedition must know that the great nation of Iran will never forgive this great injustice", he said in 2014. Although sanctions relief has allowed oil exports to resume, the limited growth has not significantly improved the lives of ordinary Iranians.
In the ongoing presidential campaign, Rouhani said he would focus on tackling unemployment and stimulate production. They're either out of work or they will be out of work. "I am here to ask people to help a honest, caring and capable president". Reformists came out for Rouhani in 2013, as did many rural voters looking for economic improvement. Will that stay in place no matter who wins?
Abrams notably doesn't have much to say about the nuclear deal with Iran. "Iran could be a trillion-dollar economy, but it will take time". Rouhani became thee 10th Iranian President in August 2013.
With regard to the existing situation in the country, the council suggested that the vice president should make another responsible decision and quit the presidential race in order to back the candidate supported by the reformists through consensus.
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