Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani hopes Friday’s election will put him back in the hot seat for another term, enabling the 68-year-old to pursue engagement with the West.
But the moderate, who struck a deal with world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief, faces a strong challenge from hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi.
He believes Rouhani has gone too far and sold out the values of Iran’s Islamic revolution to its enemies.
Raisi, believed to have the backing of the powerful Revolutionary Guards security force, as well as the tacit support of supreme leader Ali Khamenei, has also blamed Rouhani for mismanaging the economy.
What is at stake in Iran's presidential election? https://t.co/FFnsMdsrVE pic.twitter.com/yxIXJmywAy— AFP news agency (@AFP) 19 mai 2017