Many should avoid Iranian vote seen as one-man presidential race
As people waved Iranian flags and blue flags adorned with Mr. Suleimani’s face, one speaker told the audience that Mr. Raisi would eliminate all inequalities in Iran and remove “every grain of corruption”.
Two women present said they respected Mr Raisi’s qualifications as the head of the judiciary who had fought corruption in the past. But more than that, they said showing up was a patriotic duty.
“I want to show my support for the revolution,” said Zahra Shahrjerdi, 61, a retired teacher.
“There are problems in the Islamic Republic, but we think the system is good,” said her daughter, Fatemeh Ghanaati, 35, a teacher.
Others, however, had long since come to the opposite conclusion, that the problem was the Islamic Republic. Presidents can come and go, but the real power has remained concentrated in the hands of the supreme leader and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which some presidential candidates have called a “shadow government”.
“I have voted for four different people in the past, and they couldn’t do the job,” said Zohre Afrouz, 58, a seamstress who said she could barely pay the rent and gave up buying a car despite working 12 hours. .
She regretted her vote because it doesn’t matter who the president is, “everyone is confined to a framework, and policies are dictated to them,” she said. “My vote has no value.
Amir, 30, a jewelry seller at the Grand Bazaar, was more direct.
“Our country must be demolished and rebuilt,” he said. “He’s useless.”
Vivian Yee reported from Tehran and Farnaz Fassihi from New York.