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Iran’s Disillusioned Voters Brace for Presidential Run-Off

As Iran gears up for its presidential run-off election, disillusionment among voters looms large following a meager turnout of 39.9% in the first round. Over 1 million ballots were rejected, reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with the available candidates. Hard-line figure Saeed Jalili, known for his staunch stance on nuclear negotiations, faces off against reformist Masoud Pezeshkian, a heart surgeon.

Pezeshkian’s supporters emphasize the stakes, warning of potential regression under Jalili’s leadership. Amid economic turmoil and political crackdowns, Iranians grapple with doubts over the efficacy of their votes amidst broader societal discontent and strained relations with the West.