Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s Presidential Election Pits ‘Reformist’ Rouhani Against Hardline Cleric

On Friday, Iran will hold its 12th presidential election, where approximately 55 million eligible Iranians will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for either incumbent “reformist” President Hassan Rouhani or hardliner Ebrahim Raisi (also known as Ebrahim Rais os-Sadati), a close friend of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and his understudy.

Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani chant slogans during a campaign rally in Zanjan on May 16, 2017. Iran's presidential election is effectively a choice between moderate incumbent Rouhani and hardline jurist Ebrahim Raisi