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Iranian Reformists Rally Behind Moderate Presidential Candidate

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Moderate Iranian presidential candidate, Hassan Rohani. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

On June 14th, Iranians go to the polls to elect a new president.

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There's not what you'd call a roster of reform-minded candidates.

Five of the six candidates are considered very conservative.

There's basically just one left who's considered a 'moderate.'

His name is Hassan Rohani.

Reformists are rallying behind him, boosting his chances of success, although nothing is guaranteed.

Major policy changes are unlikely, whoever wins, since the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the ultimate decider, says Jaafari.

The future of controversial outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is uncertain. He has reached his term limits.

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