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With the Iranian presidential election rapidly approaching, tensions between candidates are increasing. A major topic of discussion and disagreement is the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the consequences of it. 

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Earlier this week, a Khamenei faction newspaper warned President Hassan Rouhani about his re-election campaign. The Resalat publication wrote: “The path you stepped in will result in intrigue and an uprising.”

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The withdrawal of hard-line candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf from Iran’s presidential election is a sure sign that the decks are being cleared to make way for notorious executioner and former State Prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi. This was the view expressed today by Struan Stevenson, international lecturer on the Middle East and former Member of the European Parliament.  Speaking in Edinburgh, Mr Stevenson said: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has for some time now been critical of the incumbent president Hassan Rouhani, whom he considers too weak to deal with the new muscular challenge posed by the Trump administration. Khamenei has even criticised some of Rouhani’s election slogans where the president claimed the nuclear deal he brokered with the West had removed ‘the shadow of war’ from Iran.

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By INU Staff 

INU - Following the third television debate in the Iranian regime’s sham election, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, withdrew in favor of Ibrahinm Raissi by issuing a press release, widely covered by state-run press agencies.

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 An push to boycott the country’s upcoming elections is being driven by an online campaign lead by Iranian expatriates who oppose the theocratic regime governing in Tehran.

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By INU Staff

INU - On Wednesday, it was reported that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had delivered a speech in which he not only urged Iranian citizens to go to the polls for next week’s presidential elections, but also threatened a “slap in the face” for anyone deemed to be fomenting unrest in the midst of the electoral process. The speech was only one in a series of public statements by the supreme leader and other hardline authorities regarding the threat of a public boycott of the polls and its potential to negatively affect the perception of legitimacy in the office of the president and the regime as a whole.

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