WASHINGTON — Iran’s leader from behind the scenes, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is pushing for a high voter turnout in a couple of days to legitimize his rule and regime, especially after the 2009 democracy protests that were brutally quelled.
Reuters reports that Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei is going to push for a hard-line Islamist candidate for Iran’s president, which is not as surprising. The remaining eight presidential candidates that are left have survived a brutal vetting process by the Ayatollah and his regime.
The Green Revolution in 2009 bruised his legitimacy as thousands took to the streets in protest, and in response, Khamenei crushed them while the world looked idly on. Khamenei is the second Supreme Leader in Iran’s history as the Islamic Republic and is not accountable to voters due to his position as God’s mouthpiece.
He barred the candidacy of the influential and former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is a popular political opponent and rival of Khamenei. However, Khamenei is not popular among the rising generation of Iranians, who feel he is out of touch with reality.
Yet, his push for a hard-line candidate will most likely succeed.