Eye on Iran’s Presidential Election 2017

In-depth profiles on the six presidential candidates

Iran’s 2017 presidential election will effectively serve as a referendum on incumbent President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, with particular focus on the 2015 nuclear deal.  This resource, developed by the research team at United Against Nuclear Iran, provides in-depth profiles on the remaining candidates in the race.  It will be updated accordingly throughout the campaign to account for breaking news from the campaign trail.

1st Tier: President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Although President Rouhani hails from the so-called moderate wing of Iran's political scene, he is a loyal regime insider committed

1st Tier: Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi

Conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has largely avoided the limelight in his decades-long career as a government official until recent months,

2nd Tier: Former Vice President of Iran

A reformist candidate with centrist views, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba rounds out the candidates approved by the Guardian Council. Hashemi-Taba previously served