The Iranian presidential election comes in a country seriously damaged economically, socially and humanitarian. The return of sanctions imposed by the United States in May 2018 was a major part of this deterioration. While most of the population hopes the candidates will get out of the rut, the latter, in the campaign, are struggling to convince. However, neither the knife-drawn relations with the Americans, nor the tense internal situation seem to threaten the frameworks on which the Islamic Republic of Iran (IR) rests.

Of the 600 volunteers who tried to stand for election, only seven were selected by the Council of Guardians, which essentially endorsed candidates close to religious power. This choice provoked criticism from the moderate conservative Mr. Larijani, leader of the Iranian parliament. If the pluralism of this election is therefore at least limited, the winners’ room for maneuver will also be severely constrained by the international context.

The country is experiencing a shortage of drugs, also under a foreign embargo. People with diabetes, who represent 11% of the population over the age of 25, can no longer get enough insulin.

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