Can 'Rohani' be the 'Musavi' everyone is looking for?
The race in Iran is interestingly opening up!! The cause is emerging elusive front runner Rohani that Khamenei really worry about! Khamenei will not like Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani the consummate centrist and Mohammad Khatami to gain control of the President's office through their proxy.
Politics has its own dynamics and flow, contrary to wishes of an engineered selection by knocking off candidates who the clerics hated through selectivity of the Guardian Council , it looks like Iran may be in for a real contest. Expert surveys by pollsters demonstrate that the campaigning is having a dominant effect on the final outcome. Khamenei has vigilantly made sure to select from a field of more than 600 candidates, eight who range from considerably right of center all the way to soft reformers only qualify the steep hurdle. He prohibited the largely admired reformers whose loss may have led to demonstrations similar to the infamous rigged contest.
The selection of eight candidates initially approved by the Guardian Council symbolised a field of 'closet' conformist and reformist strains. The front runners today after intense campaigning are Saeed Jalili a candidate widely seen as "anointed" by Khamenei. Saeed Jalili, a war veteran who lost a leg in Iran's eight-year war is portrayed as a living martyr. Mr Jalili, by far the most hardline of the eight contenders, is emerging as the front-runner. Hassan Rohani who has now emerged as a new reformist trying to emulate Musavi feats, his support is orchestrated by former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, both of whom have thrown their political weight behind Rohani’s candidacy. Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf and the former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezae passionately anti-American and defenders of the faith.
Yet, contrary to accepted belief by the political experts Khamenei "anointed" Jalili's runoff spot nor his second-round victory is anywhere close to a "sure thing." The hopes of reformist and centrist voters are now focussed with a cleric Hassan Rouhani.
Rohani, a cleric who was a chief negotiator in talks on Iran’s nuclear program during Khatami’s presidency in a coded language helps allay the fears of the west and says ' he will seek to steer the nation away from the confrontational path with the West taken by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.' He has been campaigning for more media freedom and an easing of social restrictions. This may be one reason elections have become interesting all of sudden, it is emergence of Rohani as the only candidate who can fill Musavi shoes and offer the best middle peaceful option of slow integration with the world.
Rohani calls for a change of course from Ahmadinejad: “If someone wants to continue the ways of the last eight years, don’t vote for me. If you want to cause division and schism in the society, don’t vote for me. My way is one of unity, togetherness of hearts, and brotherhood. ''
Rohani supports women’s rights : ''In the social realm, men and women will be equal.
No one will oppress women’s right in the name of Islam. ''
Rohani states: “Freedom of thought is our absolute right.
A diffusion of tensions - yes, though it may not result in a sea change in the course of policy on the key issues 'The Bomb' and 'Ayatollahs' increasing supremacy in war wrecked Syria, and their interest in exporting the ayatollahs' brand of upheaval across the Middle East. On the other hand Saeed Jalili, the current chief nuclear negotiator and one of the main conservative contenders in the race, has called for continued resistance in the face of foreign powers’ sanctions against Iran over its nuclear development program.
The latest data strongly suggest that no candidate will likely win a majority of votes cast on June 14, so almost surely a second-round runoff on June 21 is expected between the first round's two best performers. Among the four leading candidates Jalili, Qalibaf, Rezae, and Rohani polls conducted after the final debate show Jalili losing ground to three rivals Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezae, and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani. Rezae and Rohani emerged from the debates with rising popular support; Jalili did not.
Qalibaf seems best positioned to make a runoff; more voters now say they will cast first-round votes for him than for anyone else. Jalili, Rezae, and Rohani compete, effectively, for the second runoff spot. Rohani is working to mobilize reformist and centrist voters behind him; former presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani the exemplary Iranian centrist and Mohammad Khatami and the Islamic Republic's only reformist president have both endorsed him.