Hardline judge wins landslide victory in Iran election

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Iranians are voting to elect a new President, with the hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi widely tipped to win. He is under USA sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners. Khamenei served as Iranian president himself before being appointed supreme leader in 1989.

The head of the Iranian judiciary, whose black turban signifies direct descent from Islam's Prophet Mohammed, Raisi is seen as close to the 81-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has ultimate political power in Iran.

But the election of an Iranian head of government now under United States sanctions could alarm Washington and liberal Iranians, analysts of Iranian politics said, especially given President Joe Biden's sharpened focus on human rights globally.

The 94-year-old Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the hardliner Guardian Council has raised alarm in a letter to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli that he has received many reports from the provinces complaining about the way the votes are being handled.

Asked which candidate he preferred, Mohammad, 32, at a polling station in a hamlet in southern Iran, replied: "To be honest none of them, but our representative in parliament says we should vote for Raisi so that everything will improve".

In 1988, Raisi was part of a four-person "death panel" that allegedly oversaw the mass execution of up to 5,000 political prisoners, according to rights groups.

Iran has never acknowledged the mass executions, and Raisi has never publicly addressed allegations about his role.

Regardless of who wins, Khamenei remains Iran's ultimate decision-maker in matters of foreign and nuclear policy.

A close Khamenei ally and like him a harsh critic of the West, Raisi is under US sanctions for alleged involvement in executions of political prisoners decades ago.

Raisi has been named in Iranian media as a possible successor to Khamenei.

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The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed in 2015, gave Iran relief from Western sanctions in return for limiting its nuclear activities.

The decision to limit participation comes as whoever wins likely will serve two four-year terms as almost every Iranian president has since the revolution. Mr Raisi was among the officials sanctioned. Tensions remain high with both the US and Israel, which is believed to have carried out a series of attacks targeting Iranian nuclear sites as well as assassinating the scientist who created its military atomic program decades earlier. But both sides say the other must make the first move.

In the run-up to the election, Raisi's predicted victory led to discussion among reformists about whether to vote at all.

After a lacklustre campaign, turnout was expected to fall to a new low in a country exhausted by a punishing regime of US economic sanctions that has dashed the hopes of many for a brighter future. In the past few years Iran has witnessed at least two rounds of serious nationwide protests - with hundreds, some say thousands, killed.

More than 59 million Iranians can vote. There will be more tension with the West. Despite this, there is broad agreement among Iran's senior political figures, including Raisi, that the country must seek an end to the U.S. sanctions in ongoing talks in Vienna aimed at rescuing the nuclear accord.

"I wish we didn't have any of those problems since the registration day", said Rouhani after casting his vote, a clear reference to a hardline election body's rejection from the race of several prominent moderate and conservative candidates. Iranian state TV showed close-ups of voting lines at some sites as leading political figures implored people to vote.

Nearly 600 hopefuls, including 40 women, registered for the election.

In response to this, some dissidents and reformists vowed to boycott the election.

Iranian state-approved pollsters had predicted before the election that the turnout percentage could end up in the low 40s, which would mark a record low for a presidential election since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, in which its ruling Shiite clerics seized power from a collapsing monarchy. The previous low turnout was 50% in 1993.

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