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Iran presidential election 2017 : "between worse and bad."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has just been re-elected on 19 May. The man stands as a reformer, promises political openness, freer access to Internet, revitalizing the economy, ending religious excesses. Actions will probably be less ambitious. Sadegh Zibakalam, professor of politics at the University of Tehran, summed up the challenge for the Iranian population: "choose between worse and bad."

Rouhani 's opponent in these elections, Islamic judge Raisi was a member of the "Death Committee" in 1987, responsible for the execution of more than 4,000 political prisoners. This bloody episode had provoked the outrage, even of the appointed successor of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Montazeri: "You have committed the greatest crime in the history of the Islamic Republic." A government led by President Raisi could have frightened the proponents of a more liberal regime in Iran.

But no illusion there, Hassan Rouhani is also a creature of the Islamic Republic. Deputy at the time of these executions, he had chosen silence. Today, his main political ally is the current Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who was one of the most determined judges of this "commission of death."

The Islamist president may have abused his constituents. But, on the international level, there are no dupes. The nuclear arms control agreement, signed with the United States, opens, as we all know, to Iran a legal path to the nuclear bomb. Rouhani can promise to respect Iran's nuclear commitments, hoping to lift US economic sanctions against Iran, he will not succeed. Israel, worried about a nuclear Iran, and the old Sunni enemy, Saudi Arabia, want his death. They have too much weight in Washington to get Iran back in grace ...


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