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بیانیه نایاک در مورد پیروزی پزشکیان

مسعود پزشکیان با پیروزی بر سعید جلیلی در دور دوم چهاردهمین انتخابات ریاست جمهوری ایران، نهمین رئیس‌جمهور ایران خواهد بود.  پزشکیان وزیر بهداشت دولت خاتمی و از نمایندگان اصلاح‌طلب مجلس است” او در این انتخابات با سعید جلیلی، نامزد تندروی جناح اصولگرا رقابت می‌کرد. پزشکیان توانست در دور دوم انتخابات ده درصد به تعداد شرکت کنندگان در انتخابات بیفزاید و همین افزایش رأی او را به مقام ریاست جمهوری رساند. اما در این انتخابات همچنان کمی بیش از نیمی از ایرانیان در خانه ماندند و در انتخابات شرکت نکردند. عدم مشارکت بخش زیادی از ایرانیان نشان‌دهنده ناامیدی و سرخوردگی آنان از وضعیت موجود است. پزشکیان در کارزار انتخاباتی خود بر همکاری با رهبر جمهوری اسلامی و دیگر ارکان قدرت در ایران تأکید کرد. او تمایل دارد که با همکاری آنها دست به اصلاحات در حوزه سیاست خارجی، اقتصاد و فرهنگ بزند. موفقیت پزشکیان در صورت ایجاد چنین توافقی آسان تر خواهد شد. اما در صورت عدم انعطاف دیگر ارکان قدرت و تکرار تجربه دولت خاتمی و روحانی؛‌ کار پزشکیان بسیار سخت خواهد شد. او قول داده سیاست‌های موجود نهادهای غیر انتخابی در ایران را تغییر دهد. مردم خواهان تغییر سیاست هایی مانند قوانین حجاب اجباری و محدودیت‌های اینترنتی هستند. در

NIAC Statement on Pezeshkian’s Victory

Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement on the news that Masoud Pezeshkian has prevailed in the run-off election over Saeed Jalili, and will be the next President of Iran: برای خواندن این مطلب به فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید Masoud Pezeshkian, the reformist former Health Minister and parliamentarian, will be Iran’s next President, prevailing over the hardline Saeed Jalili in the second round run-off. Pezeshkian succeeded in bringing more voters to the polls who had sat out the first round than Jalili gained from any consolidation of the conservative vote. But while the turnout for the run-off outpaced the first round, roughly half of all Iranians stayed home — signaling continued frustration and disillusionment with the status quo. Pezeshkian has emphasized unity with the Supreme Leader and other major power centers in Iran. If they are open to a shift from the policies of Raisi, this could set up Pezeshkian for success on both domestic and foreign fronts. However, if they are inflexible, Pezeshkian has effectively vowed to be a voice against some of the existing policies of Iran’s unelected institutions, like the harsh enforcement of mandatory hijab laws and internet restrictions. Whether and

The Big Question of Iran’s Second Round Presidential Election

The first round of Iran’s presidential election last week saw a new dynamic. Whereas low turnout typically delivers victory to Iran’s conservatives, record low participation in the first round led to a lead for the reformist candidate, Masoud Pezeshkian, over the second-leading vote getter, the hardliner Saeed Jalili. The second round voting today will lead to victory for one of these two candidates, who stand at opposite ends of the Islamic Republic’s political spectrum. Critically, the key question heading into the Friday, July 5 run-off is whether or not Masoud Pezeshkian will bring more voters to the polls who stayed home last week. While Pezeshkian was the leading vote getter, with 10,415,991 votes, Jalili was within a million votes at 9,473,298 votes.  If turnout is similar, Jalili can be expected to gain votes from many of those who voted for other conservative candidates, including third-place finisher Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf who received 3,383,340. While Ghalibaf endorsed Jalili, many of his supporters are more moderate and the two have consistently clashed over the years over a variety of policies, and some of his voters will instead turn out for Pezeshkian. Pezeshkian and his supporters amplified their rhetoric knowing that turning out disillusioned

Statement on Intimidation and Harassment of Iranians at Polling Stations

As Iranians chose in record numbers not to vote in another presidential election that is neither free nor fair, we saw images at voting stations in the U.S., U.K., and outside of Iran in which Iranians were harassed, assaulted, filmed and doxed in a campaign to intimidate fellow Iranians from making their own choice whether to participate in the election. 

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