Iran is voting. Why the apathy?

Supporters of presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters of him during an election rally in Tehran, Iran, June 16, 2021. [Majid Asgaripour/WANA - West Asia News Agency via REUTERS]
Supporters of presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters of him during an election rally in Tehran, Iran, June 16, 2021. [Majid Asgaripour/WANA - West Asia News Agency via REUTERS]

It’s election day in Iran and for many, the question is not who to vote for, but whether to vote at all. Strong candidates were disqualified from running, and conservative Ebrahim Raisi is a clear frontrunner. The stakes are high: the winner of this election will lead Iran through a pandemic, intense economic sanctions, runaway inflation, and the ongoing negotiations to restore the nuclear deal. So how much does this election mean for the future of Iran?

In this episode:

Maziar Motamedi (@MotamediMaziar), Al Jazeera Iran correspondent

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Source: Al Jazeera

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