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Masoud Pezeshkian Elected Iran’s President

July 6: Masoud Pezeshkian has been elected as Iran’s new president following a closely contested runoff election. Pezeshkian, a reformist candidate and former health minister, secured 42.6% of the vote, surpassing his conservative rival Saeed Jalili, who garnered 38.8% of the votes. This election was marked by historically low voter turnout, with only about 40% of eligible voters participating.

Pezeshkian’s victory comes at a critical time for Iran, as the country grapples with significant economic challenges and strained international relations. He is seen by many as a figure who can potentially bridge the divide between the government and the discontented youth, who are increasingly demanding more social freedoms and economic opportunities. Pezeshkian has expressed intentions to relax certain social restrictions, such as the mandatory hijab, and to promote relative freedoms within society.

The election was necessitated by the unexpected death of former President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, which led to an early vote. Pezeshkian’s approval by the Guardian Council, despite being a reformist, suggests a strategic move by the regime to prevent further instability and potential collapse​.

As Iran’s new president, Pezeshkian faces the daunting task of addressing the country’s economic woes and navigating complex international relations, particularly with the West. His ability to implement reforms and manage internal pressures will be crucial in determining the country’s future trajectory​.

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