IRAN Elections 2013

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    The eleventh election for President of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be held in June, 2013, with the first round on Friday, 14 June. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff will be held on 21 June.

    The Guardian Council, a 12-member body consisting of six jurists and six theologians, has been tasked with vetting hopefuls for their qualifications and confirming the election results. After the council's screening process, and stepping down of two candidates, six candidates remain in the fray
    : Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf,
    Mohammad Gharazi,
    Saeed Jalili,
    Mohsen Rezaee,
    Hassan Rouhani, and
    Ali Akbar Velayati. -- He is a known figure as he was once the Foreign Minister for Iran.

    Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not run for re-election as he is limited to two terms or 8 years in office (Ironically similar to the US system which he so hates)

    a brief profile of the Candidates follows

    Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf

    Mayor of Tehran since 2005. He was chief commander of Imam Ridha troops in 1982 and was chief commandor of Nasr Troops from 1983 to 1984. After the end of the war, he became Managing-Director of Khatam al-Anbia, an engineering firm controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (also known as Sepah) and also commander of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force in 1996. In 2000, he became chief of the Iranian Police Forces.

    Mohammad Gharazi

    Minister of Petroleum from 1981 to 1985 and Minister of Post from 1985 to 1997. He was also a member of the Parliament from 1980 to 1984 and Governor of Khuzestan from 1979 to 1980.

    Saeed Jalili

    Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and chief nuclear negotiator since 2007. He was previously Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2007.

    Mohsen Rezaee

    Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council since 1997. He was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps chief commander from 1981 to 1997. He was run twice for the presidency, in 2005 and 2009 elections.

    Hassan Rouhani

    Member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Expediency Discernment Council since 1991, Supreme National Security Council since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992. He was Deputy speaker of the Parliament from 1992 to 2000 and also Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 1989 to 2005.

    Ali Akbar Velayati

    Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1997 and Deputy Minister of Health from 1980 to 1981. He was also a member of the Parliament from 1980 to 1981.
     
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    Time Line for the Elections

    7 May – The official registration of candidates began at Ministry of Interior.[77]
    11 May – The time for registration was ended at 18:00 IRDT.
    21 May – The final list of candidates was announced by Minister of Interior, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar. A number of 8 candidates are eligible to participate in the election.[78]
    24 May – Official propagation campaigns for the final candidates was began.
    13 June – End of campaigns.
    14 June – Election date.
    15 June – Official results will be announced by Presidential Commission.
    21 June – Date of possible run-off election.
    25 June – Guardian Council will confirm/unconfirm the election results.
    1 August – President-elect will meet with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
    3 August – Inauguration of new President, replacing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
     
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    Iran's young hope for change - Al Jazeera Blogs

     
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    Ahead of the elections the games have started

    BBC News - Google detects Iran phishing attacks ahead of election

    Google says it has detected and stopped thousands of phishing attacks targeting email accounts of Iranian users ahead of the 14 June presidential election.

    In an online statement, the firm said it had noticed a "significant jump" in the region's overall volume of phishing activity in the last three weeks.

    The timing and targets suggested the attacks were "politically motivated".

    Friday's poll is the first since 2009 when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a controversial second term.

    The election had triggered angry protests, with voters accusing Mr Ahmadinejad's camp of rigging the results in his favour.

    Google's vice-president of security engineering, Eric Grosse, said the phishing attacks originated from within Iran.
     
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    Hasan Rowhani is the only known reformist in the final field of 6 candidates. All the others are known Conservative candidates. Mr.Rowhani has received the backing of the former President Mr.Rafsanjhani, but then in Iran the real power is held with the Supreme Leader.

    BBC News - Is Hassan Rowhani an election hope for Iran's reformists?
     
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    Iran elections 2013: After Ahmadinejad, who will be the next president? - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

     
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    From the same article above danger signals pointing that a leading conservative candidate Saeed Jalili might become the next President which does not behold any improvement for Iran and it's neighbours.

     
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    Mods could we make this sticky as this election is quite crucial for shaping the mid East Geopolitical situation and also for India with the US pull out from Afghanistan fast approaching.
     
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    Predictably the Western media would like the reformist candidate Mr.Rouhani to win the elections

    Iran elections: 'wherever Rouhani speaks there's a frenzy' | World news | guardian.co.uk

     
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    this article has appeared in Daily Mail and the photographs give a completely different view of Iran as opposed to the current negative image painted by the western media

    A journey through Iran: Eye-opening photographs that will change your preconceptions about the country forever | Mail Online

    I have taken the liberty to share 3 photos here, please go to the site and see the breath taking photos by photographer Amos Chapple who said the real surprise of Persia was not its untouched and beautiful countryside, but how different it is from 'western perceptions of the country'.

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    Let us do some profiling on the other candidates.

    72 year old Mohammad Gharazi a.k.a. Mohamad Qarazi is running as the sole independent candidate in these elections.

    After completing elementary education, he entered the University of Tehran and graduated in Electronics four years later. During the youth he shuttled between France and Iran, finding himself against the Iranian state on some ocassions.
    He had moved to France but was back to his home country and was arrested by SAVAK in 1972. He began his political career in 1974 and was exiled to Iraq by Shah's government. He became a member of People's Mujahedeen of Iran and was move back to France in 1978. After the revolution he accompanied Khomeini in his return from Paris to Iran.
    He has been the governor of Kurdistan and Khuzestan provinces. He also has been a minister in the 80s. Minister of Petroleum from 1981 to 1985 and Minister of Post from 1985 to 1997.

    His campaign focuses on economic issues, and has promised to run an "anti-inflation" administration. He stresses that the Iranian Constitution has been underutilized in legal capacities. He states that potential of the constitution and the nation can practically satisfy the administration’s needs.
    He also indicated that he would allow his governors to be elected through popular vote, to decentralize power and allow people to manage their affairs themselves.

    Regards,
    Virendra
     
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    Iran Election 2013: Voters Turn Out In Large Numbers

     
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    News from Iran Daily a government owned media outlet

    Irandaily | No. 4530 | Front page | Page 1

    Mass Turnout Praised

     
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    The massive turnout of voters late in the day is leading to speculation that the reformist candidate Mr.Rouhani might be giving a tough fight to the conservative candidates and the election might have to be decided in a second run off.

    Iran presidential election: second round forecast after late flurry at polls | World news | The Guardian

     
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    The moderat cleric Mr.Rouhani seems to be leading the polls. The late surge in voting by the supporters of the Green Party seems to be helping him and also the endorsement by the former President Mr.Rafsanjhani.

    Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani leads Iran election results - Firstpost

    some good news is coming out that the known hardliner Mr.Jalili is trailing third and in case of a second run off he will be out of the picture.
     
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    Elections in Iran are a sham, real power is with Mullahs (and Revolutionary Guard)
     
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    The real power lies with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni, but in the past leaders like Ahmednijad have had major disagreements with the Supreme Leader but at the end they have to toe the line and make peace.
     
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    mullahs in iran have been more pro-India than skirt and suit wearing so called liberals.
     
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    Moderate cleric Rouhani elected president of Iran – Interior Minister

    Moderate cleric Rouhani elected president of Iran – Interior Minister — RT News
     
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