Iran Election Unlikely to Derail Nuclear Talks

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Iran's presidential election on Friday is shaping up to be a largely foregone conclusion. After last month's disqualification of all the reformist candidates capable of posing a credible threat to front-runner Ebrahim Raisi -- an ultra-conservative cleric and judiciary chief who is closely aligned with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- perhaps the main question is how many people will bother to vote. But the election comes at a critical time for Iran. The presumed victory of a hard-liner known for his anti-Western views -- who was sanctioned by the Trump administration in 2019 for his role in the mass execution of political dissidents -- raises serious questions about the fate of the US-Iran talks in Vienna to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal, and about the country's future direction. Iran's Ruling Elite Favors a Deal With US

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