Iran Election

Iranian presidential hopeful Ebrahim Raisi speaks at Houri mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 10, 2017. Raisi, a hard-line cleric and close ally of Iran's supreme leader, has announced he will run in the May presidential election. Iranian hardliners had hope Raisi would challenge incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who is eligible to run for a second term. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

The Supreme Leader’s Apprentice Is Running for President

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has everything going for him in his re-election bid – except the backing of the country’s most powerful person.

Iranian opposition demonstrators carry a large green flag through the crowd during a demonstration in support of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in Tehran on June 15, 2009, following an election that has divided the nation. Opposition supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landslide election win, as Iran faced a growing international backlash over the validity of the election and the subsequent crackdown on opposition protests.

Rouhani Gets a Hard-line Challenger for Iranian Presidency

Ebrahim Raisi throws his hat in the ring as an anti-Western challenger to the current president.