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Social media still a factor in Iranian elections

Social media still a factor in Iranian elections

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Although the protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election of 2009 were a largely spontaneous movement born out of popular outrage, it reached a global audience in part thanks to the role played by social media platforms. Once...
Iran Elections: Too close to call

Iran Elections: Too close to call

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Lack of consensus between “principalist” candidates Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Ali Akbar Velayati, and Saeed Jalili may lead to defeat in today’s presidential elections, Iran’s hard-line conservative voters have warned. Many hard-line...
Iran: Khatami returns to front-line politics

Iran: Khatami returns to front-line politics

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The only reformist candidate in Iran’s upcoming presidential poll, Mohammad-Reza Aref, withdrew from the race on Monday, following calls for unity amongst the country’s moderates and reformists. In a statement, Aref said that he had decided to...