Tag: Iran elections

Managing Expectations After Iran’s 2013 Elections

Managing Expectations After Iran’s 2013 Elections

The election of Hasan Rouhani to the presidency last month has been greeted as indicating a progressive turn in Iranian politics. It is of course too early to tell whether the reformist rhetoric that permeated Rouhani’s campaign will materialize into concrete action. As Iran scholar Ali Ansari argued at a Chatham House event, although labelled as a “moderate” by […]

The 2013 Iranian Presidential Elections: Cause for Optimism?

The 2013 Iranian Presidential Elections: Cause for Optimism?

In the 2009 Iranian presidential elections, votes were counted within a mere 6 hours after polling closed; the results were of course highly contentious, as Mahmud Ahmadinejad was re-elected under widespread suspicions of vote-rigging. This year, the counting process took a while longer – perhaps to most people’s relief – and was seen by many […]