12/08/2013

High expectations of the moderate cleric’s victory in Iran

Analysis

High expectations of the  moderate cleric’s victory in Iran

By Shereen Dbouk (under the supervision of Sandro D’Angelo)

Published by the Directorate-General for External Policies (Policy Department) of the European Parliament.

In a surprise landslide victory, moderate cleric candidate Hassan Rowhani won a first-round victory, securing 50.7 % of all the votes cast in Iran’s presidential election. Rowhani, the lone centrist candidate, backed by the reformist front, capitalised on divisions within the conservative camp to win the election. He campaigned on the slogan ‘hope and prudence’, using the colour purple in a bid to recapture the 2009 Green Movement narrative and appeal to its base.

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