A Look at the Presidential Candidates in Iran

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The president of Iran is facing re-election competition from a career hard-line prosecutor, his own vice president, Tehran’s mayor, a former culture minister and the one-time leader of the country’s sports organization.

The six candidates, all older men, are divided evenly between the so-called principlists — hard-line conservatives who assert strict fealty to the principles of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution — and the so-called reformists, who are seen as more moderate and flexible.

While no Iranian president has ever been defeated for re-election to a second term, politics can be unpredictable, and the country’s 55 million eligible voters do have real choices when they go to the polls on Friday compared with elections elsewhere in the Middle East.