Monday, May 8, 2017

Iran's Presidential Election 'Heats-Up'

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks as he visits Azadshahr mine explosion site in Azadshahr, Golestan Province, Iran May 7, 2017. via REUTERS

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President Hassan Rouhani's trip to the coal mine in northern Iran was all going to plan, until the crowd massed in front of his car chanting "it's a day of mourning for workers".

Seconds later, shaky footage of Sunday's protest showed a man jumping onto the bonnet and stamping hard on the metalwork, a rare direct confrontation against the background of a highly-charged election race that keeps returning to one subject - Iran's stuttering economy.

Rouhani was officially there to visit families bereaved by an explosion at Zemestanyurt mine last week. But the protest slogans broadened out into other areas - poor safety standards, late payments, poor insurance coverage and seasonal unemployment.

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More News On Iran's Presidential Election

Iran's Rouhani says election rivals are 'violent extremists' -- AFP
Iran's president attacks rival's background in judiciary -- AP
Rouhani Tells Critics Their 'Era Is Over' as Iran's Vote Nears -- Bloomberg
Nuclear deal in focus in second Iranian presidential debate -- Al-Monitor
Iran's supreme leader slams Rouhani's 'Western influence' -- Middle East Eye
Social Media Skirts Censors in Iran as Election Race Heats Up -- Bloomberg
Iran’s May 19 Election Will Not Change Nature of Brutal Regime, Critics Say -- CNS News

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