>> A clear rejection of Populism in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani winning the presidential election. Handing an emphatic defeat to his hard line rival, Ebrahim Raisi, the incumbent president who first took power in 2013, won the election with 23.5 million votes to his rival's 15.8 million.>>
> Rahisi had hoped to draw on economic discontent in the Islamic republic to gain votes.
How she does the darling of conservative hawks? His populous approach appeared to put off potential voters. Instead Rouhani rejection of Iran's nuclear program, in favor of strengthen ties with the West. One votes among those who want a stable nonviolent country. During weeks of campaigning, the teaming candidates exchange accusations of corruption and brutality in unprecedentedly hostile television debates.
Turn out at around 70%. With Rouhani winning 57% of the votes. For Iranians, the election presented a stark choice between competing visions of the country. Despite doubts about Rouhani, the prospect of victory by Raisi, who was one of four judges in the 1980s, that approved the death sentences of thousands of political prisoners, was enough to drive concerned Iranians to vote for the current president in force.
It was a contest between rural conservatives with economic grievances and urbanites looking for a progressive agenda. An election resembling recent battle grounds in Europe and the United States. But it was the nationalists and not the populist camp that won over voters in the end.