Iran's Presidential Election: Interesting after All

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Four years ago, widespread protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election appeared to  threaten Iran's clerical leadership. Some dissidents are still in jail. Now that Ahmadinejad is termed out, candidates to succeed him in tomorrow's election have been picked to minimize controversy. Even two former presidents who wanted to run have been declared "ineligible." But the campaign has seen a flicker of life in the past two days. Could a relative moderate win, or at least force a run-off election?  What could that mean for the economy, relations with the US and Iran's nuclear program?


Marcus George - Reuters, Ali Reza Eshraghi - Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Kasra Naji - BBC Persian TV - @BBCKasraNaji, Trita Parsi - Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft - @tparsi, Laicie Heeley - Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation - @laicie

Warren Olney

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