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June 28, 2024

Nufdi Activities

Two Minutes in Tehran — Sham Election Edition

June 28, 2024

Nufdi Activities

Two Minutes in Tehran — Sham Election Edition

Nina Khoshkish

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Two Minutes in Tehran is a weekly series dedicated to briefing you on the latest news on Iran. Here are three things you need to know about the presidential “elections” in Iran:


IR Lobby Continues to Push “Reform”

  • The Islamic Republic and its lobby have been pushing a narrative of “reform,” propping up a so-called reformist candidate, claiming that he can somehow change Iran’s domestic and foreign policy.
  • There is no reforming the Islamic Republic. If you need evidence, just listen to their very own reformist candidate. Pezeshkian has said in his own words that it is not the president’s job to introduce new policies, as the Supreme Leader’s policies are clear.

 

Khamenei Still Calls the Shots 

  • It’s important to remember that despite the existence of a “presidential” position, all decisions made in the Islamic Republic are still solely up to the Supreme Leader.
  • Candidates eligible to run are pre-selected. 80 people registered to run for president, and six were selected. This means that any women or any candidate who poses the threat of genuinely challenging Khamenei and his policies are automatically disqualified.

 

The Iranian People’s Fight for Freedom Continues

  • The people of Iran have made their position clear. They call the elections a circus, they set banners promoting candidates and elections on fire, and they call for mass boycotts. Their fight for freedom hasn’t ended just because elections are happening, and they’re showing the world just how serious they are.