Predictions for Iran under leader Masoud Pezeshkian

(MENAFN) Iran's Political landscape experienced a seismic shift with the unexpected rise of Masoud Pezeshkian to the presidency, marking an end to the conservative era that began with Ibrahim Raisi's ascendancy in August 2021, cut short by his tragic death in a helicopter crash in May. Following a runoff election on July 5, Iranians decisively elected Pezeshkian, a moderate figure from the reformist coalition, with 53.6 percent of the vote after an inconclusive first round in June.

Pezeshkian, a 69-year-old cardiac surgeon and current member of the Iranian parliament, is set to resign from his parliamentary duties at the end of July to prepare for his inauguration in August. His presidency carries high expectations as he vows to unite a deeply divided nation, address Iran's economic challenges, de-escalate tensions stemming from Iran's nuclear ambitions, and enhance diplomatic relations with both regional neighbors and global powers.

However, amidst Iran's recent tumultuous history and mounting international pressures, observers are scrutinizing whether Pezeshkian's leadership will mirror the liberal reforms of his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani, who held office from 2013 to 2021. Political analysts interviewed by a news agency offer varied perspectives on the prospects and challenges ahead for Iran under Pezeshkian's leadership, shedding light on the complexities and potential trajectories of Iran's domestic and foreign policies in the coming years.



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