With reformist candidates barred from standing, Iran's presidential election will be won by a fundamentalist hard-liner — for the country's 83 million population a sad outlook.
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Ebrahim Raisi's victory at the polls wasn't much of a surprise. The 60-year-old holds deeply conservative views on many social issues, and may well shape Iran's political landscape far beyond his presidency.
With the majority of votes counted, the 60-year-old arch-conservative cleric is set to succeed moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
With Ebrahim Raisi's presidential election victory, Iran's hard-liners now dominate all levers of power in the Islamic Republic. Whether this will lead to more confrontation with foreign powers remains to be seen.
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