A new president and a new outlook for Iran

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Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian has won Iran’s presidential election. 

He overtook hardliner Saeed Jalili by promising to collaborate with the west the west and ease enforcement on the country’s headscarf law.

A vote count offered by authorities on Saturday morning put Pezeshkian as the winner with 16.3 million votes to Jalili’s 13.5 million after Friday’s voting.

The first round of voting on 28 June saw the lowest turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution – a sign, alongside the numerous protests across Iran in recent years, that the population is jaded with the Shia theocracy. 

Pezeshkian is a heart surgeon and longtime lawmaker. 

In a country conservative as Iran is, Pezeshkian promised no radical changes to Iran’s Shia theocracy in his campaign and cedes supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the final arbiter of all matters of state. 

This will hopefully keep a balance of sorts in order, though even a timid liberalization on Pezeshkian’s part is likely to be challenged by the old regime. 

But the president has more responsibility regarding foreign policy and external affairs, anyway.

This will be a challenging mission to handle in light of recent events, with Iran’s first direct attack on Israel in April, and Iran’s significant supply of nuclear weapons. 

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