The choice of a new president is being seen as one of the most important in recent years and will determine Tehran’s future engagement
Iranians headed to the polls on Friday to vote in a bitterly contested presidential election that is expected to set their country’s direction for a generation. The victor will influence not only Iran’s immediate future, but the looming battle to choose a new supreme leader.
The two main candidates are both clerics, but have little else in common. Incumbent Hassan Rouhani, 68, is a moderate who opened his country to the world and relaxed controls on Iranian society, his four years in power defined by the landmark nuclear deal he secured against the odds.