07/28/2016, 09.32
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Presidential elections set for May 19, 2017. Risks for Rouhani

The President is loved by Iranians that opens the relations with the international community. But the conservative fringes show the few benefits received. The Iranian economy is still blocked thanks to the US, which maintain the embargo on the use of the dollar in financial transactions.

Teheran (AsiaNews) - The Guardian Council has announced that next year's presidential election will be held May 19. Hassan Rouhani, the current moderate president, will try to win another term.

Rouhani was able to launch an agreement with the major powers to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic and financial sanctions. The population respects him for this because it has allowed Iran to take up its role as an integral part of the international community.

But the conservative fringes - Ayatollah and the Revolutionary Guards – are attempting to disuade any further contact and openings between the country and the rest of the world, in an attempt to maintain control over the country, the economic and black market monopolies.

This is seen in their emphasis on the problems that still exist after the signing of the deal, showing that Iran has drawn only a few benefits.

Aiding them in this - indirectly - is the United States which refuses to allow the US dollar to be used in economic transactions with Iran thus risking an avalanche of economic contracts that Iran signed in the past few months with European and Asian countries.

If Hassan Rouhani is not re-elected next year, he would be the first Iranian president to not enjoy a second term.

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