Iranian presidential vote: lone reformist candidate faces uphill struggle

Iranian presidential vote: lone reformist candidate faces uphill struggle

Masoud Pezeshkian must convince disillusioned voters that he represents chance for credible change

The one reformist candidate in Iran’s presidential election, a 69-year-old doctor who raised his three children alone after his wife died in a car accident, faces an uphill but not impossible battle to convince a disenchanted Iranian electorate that he represents a chance for credible change.

Masoud Pezeshkian, an MP for 20 years, was given clearance to stand by the 12-strong Guardian Council on Sunday and has until 28 June to reach the second round of the elections called after president Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash. No reformist was allowed to stand in the presidential election four years ago.

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