Hijab law in Iran will cancel the ‘Western’ new president?

Iran’s reformist leader Masoud Pezeshkian has won the presidential election. His main rival in this fight was the conservative leader Saeed Jalili. Pezheshkian won the second round of the 14th presidential election last Friday (July 5) with about 2.8 million more votes than Jalili.

Early elections were called after Iran’s then-president Ibrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash last May. Six candidates contested the election held on June 28. However, as no one got more than 50 percent of the votes alone, the election was held in the second phase.

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In Friday’s voting, the country’s former health minister Pezeshkian received 1 crore 63 lakh 84 thousand 403 votes. And his rival former chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili received 1 crore 35 lakh 38 thousand 179 votes. As a result, Pezeshkian, the winner of the election, will become the ninth president of Iran.

Videos circulating on social media showed Pezeshkian’s supporters cheering in various cities. They are celebrating by dancing and singing in the streets and honking car horns.

Pezheshkian, 69, was a heart surgeon by profession. Elected Member of Parliament five times from Tabriz region in northern Iran. He was Iran’s health minister from 2001 to 2005. He also has the experience of serving as the Deputy Speaker of the 10th Parliament of the country.

Pezeshkian can keep the promise?

Masoud Pezeshkian was the only one of the six candidates who contested this year’s election, who was seen as somewhat liberal and reformist. Among her election agendas were promises to reform Iran’s strict hijab law and improve relations with the West.

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According to Pezeshkian, Iran must stay in touch with the world. He wants to negotiate with the West to relaunch some version of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Pezeshkian is expected to receive massive support from world leaders on these issues after taking office. However, he may face obstacles from his own country’s government.

Because, in Iran, the decision of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the last word in matters of state importance. Moreover, other positions in the government are still dominated by conservatives.

As a result, it goes without saying that Pezeshkian will face a major challenge to reform the hijab law or change foreign policy.

Sources: Sky News, Purse Today