As part of its daily Iran briefings, EA WorldView will be providing detailed coverage of the Presidential campaign and the election, scheduled for 14 June.
Entries in Iran Elections 2013 (25)
Cartoon: Maya Neyestani
After the new President is declared on 21 June in the election which cannot be called a "free election", the bigger contest for the regime --- beset by economic problems, facing difficulties over its foreign policy and "Islamic Awakening", caught up in political rivalry --- remains....
How does it convince its people, many of them resigned to the decline of recent years, that its Islamic Republic is still legitimate?
Radio Farda reports that the internet has been mostly down throughout Iran since Saturday, and claiming that “even Google doesn’t come up anymore.”
Some observers have linked the internet slowdown indirectly to the forthcoming election, suggesting that the internet still works for government officials. Radio Farda notes that one student was unable to access a foreign Embassy’s website, while a user from Tehran commented that even with 512kb connections webpages are not loading properly.
Former President and Presidential candidate Hashemi Rafsanjani has issued a third statement, entitled Campaign Ethics, Good Promises and Converting Enemies to Friends, Khabar Online reports.
The statement opens with a citation from the Quran --- Surat al-Muminum 23:96: Repel evil with that which is better. We are Best-Acquainted with the things they utter.
Nikahang Kowsar's vision of Hashemi Rafsanjani and the Supreme Leader in the Presidential election
See also Iran Special: EA's Guide to the Presidential Election br>
Iran Analysis: Presidential Election --- Good-bye Parties; Hello, Personalities and "Atomised Politics" br>
Monday's Iran Today: Rafsanjani & Jalili Put Out Campaign Slogans
Presidential Election Watch: Supreme Leader's Man Renews "Sedition" Attack on Rafsanjani
MP Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, a member of the Supreme Leader's "2+1 Committee" has renewed the "sedition" attack on former President Hashemi Rafsanjani by linked him to the detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi: “Everyone who supported Mousavi in [the disputed 2009 Presidential election] is today supporting Hashemi Rafsanjani.”
A Former Soldier And A Diplomat: Presidential Candidate Saeed Jalili Tweets Photograph of Military Past
Presidential Election Watch: Backing Rafsanjani (continued)The Reformist Coordination Council has welcomed the candidacy of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and called on all reformists to participate in a statement of support.
Presidential Election Watch: Hardline Kayhan Criticizes Rafsanjani
In a lengthy editorial on Monday, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of hardline newspaper Kayhan, which is close to the Supreme Leader, criticized the decision of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani to register his candidacy, asking what the point of doing so had been, and suggesting that it could have been a cover for the reformists to return to the political scene.
Kayhan criticized the wide coverage the Iranian press has given to Rafsanjani's registration as a candidate.
As part of our coverage of the 2013 Iranian Presidential Election, an introduction to the different factions and their candidates....
See also EA's Guide To Iran's June 2013 Presidential Election br>
Iran Analysis: Presidential Election --- Rafsanjani and Khatami Put Supreme Leader in a Corner br>
Tuesday's Iran Today: The Presidential Campaign Formally Opens
Presidential Election Watch: Assessing Rafsanjani's Candidacy
A cryptic message on President Rafsanjani's website today: "Do not say no to the good prayers (wishes) of the people!"
Either Ayatollah Khamenei accepts former President Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy, which will shake up an already unsettled process and possibly put it beyond the Supreme Leader's control...
...or the Supreme Leader black-balls Rafsanjani, likely incurring blame for blocking one of Iran's highest-profile politicians.
As an EA correspondent summarised, "The Supreme Leader is between a rock and a hard place."
Former President Mohammad Khatami told journalists on Tuesday that former President Hashemi Rafsanjani is "probably" running in the June presidential election. Khatami said he would be happy for Rafsanjani to run, if the Supreme Leader agreed, and that if he did so it would be a "victory for everyone".
According to comments posted on Khatami's website, the former President said: "I was pleased yesterday when Mr. Hashemi said he was prepared to run, if the Supreme Leader does not oppose it. It's correct that if the Supreme Leader does not want someone to run, that would cause a problem, and I say why would the Supreme Leader oppose it?"
Calling on all people to participate in the elections, Khatami praised Rafsanjani and added that he would be pleased if he ran in the elections: "I am sure he is an excellent manager for the country."
Economy Watch: Private Parliament-Government Meeting on Inflation
Tabnak reports that MPs and Government officials have had a private meeting today, discussing how to control the price of some necessary goods.
Rafsanjani Watch: Pro-Ahmadinejad MP Blasts Former President
MP Ruhollah Hosseinian, a long-time supporter of President Ahmadinejad, announced that up to 90 legislators have written to former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, asked him to explain a speech last week which criticised the Government and put forward a number of foreign policy statements.
In the address to clerics, scholars, and students, Rafsanjani, "We are not in war with Israel." He also indicated that he might be ready to run in June's Presidential election.
Hussainian said he is trying to get more MPs to sign the letter. He asserted, "If Rafsanjani wants to participate in the election, he should explain these statements first."