Ambivalence Among Iranian Voters Ahead of Elections

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Four years ago this week, Iranians took to the streets of Tehran in protest of the presidential elections. This year, the mood and sounds of the city are very different. 

There are, however, a lot of questions as to whether Iranian liberals might boycott today’s vote, which they see as illegitimate and rigged, designed to reinforce the power of Ayatollah Khamenei.

The center left candidate, Hasan Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator, has made that choice more complicated. He may represent the only option for moderates, in an election that is otherwise full of pro-establishment loyalists.

Reza Marashi is Research Director at the National Iranian American Council. He explains whether there is any real choice in this election.

Reese Erlich, correspondent for GlobalPost is in Tehran, gives an update on the situation there.