Iran Presidential Election:
Satus quo or Change?
Location: House Rayburn Bldg-Room 2325
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Iran’s presidential elections are scheduled to take place on Friday May 19, 2015. The leading challenger to the incumbent president Hassan Rouhani is Ebrahim Raisi, who has a checkered history of his own. In short, Iran’s sham presidential elections are less about elections but more about selection of a figure best suited to execute the supreme leaders’ hegemonic and often medieval directives.
Some in the West are still pinning hope on a transformative moderation within the Iranian regime, even as its policies and behaviors continue to exude extremism and violence. The regime’s brutal suppression of the Iranian people and Rouhani-led government’s ongoing criminal interventions in Syria are not to be forgotten.
Notwithstanding the former, Ebrahim Raisi is not only a candidate, hand picked by the supreme leader, but also a member of the “death commission” responsible for the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.
OIAC and its network members, California Society for Democracy in Iran and Iranian American Community of Texas, are co-sponsoring a briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives about the Iranian presidential elections and whether the outcome will make any difference in the lives of Iranians at home as well as the regime’s foreign policy.