Presidential Elections in Iran: Changing Faces; Status Quo Policies

Presidential Elections in Iran: Changing Faces; Status Quo Policies

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Presidential Elections in Iran: Changing Faces; Status Quo Policies reviews the past 11 presidential elections, demonstrating that the only criterion for qualifying as a candidate is practical and heartfelt allegiance to the Supreme Leader. An unelected vetting watchdog, the Guardian Council makes that determination.

The book makes it clear that in the clerical regime, the president is practically an appointee of the Supreme Leader and not an official elected by the popular vote. Those who participate in the election are essentially limited to vote for the candidates approved by the Supreme Leader.

The book also examines the fate of the past seven presidents as it looks into the root of conflict in the political system in Iran, known as velayat-e faqih, (the absolute rule of the clergy); it is a conflict between freedom and dictatorship called the Islamic caliphate.

Presidential Elections in Iran: Changing Faces; Status Quo Policies also contains the biography of the six presidential candidates in the May 2017 elections, showing that all of them are regime stalwarts and committed to preserving the ruling theocracy.

“This is an excellent review of the past 11 presidential ‘elections” in Iran as the manuscript examines the deep rooted conflict in the political system in Iran. It is a must read for everyone who studies Iran and those tasked with crafting policy in dealing with Iran.” — Alireza Jafarzadeh, author of The Iran Threat (Palgrave MacMillan; New York 2008)