Masoud Pezeshkian's election: a reprieve for the Iranian regime

The election of Masoud Pezeshkian, portrayed by the government as a ‘reformist', has to some extent pacified Iranians and the Mahsa protests, but this effect remains limited.-Outside in/ Comment

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Masoud Pezeshkian’s election: a reprieve for the Iranian regime by Camelia Entekhabifard , 10 July 2024 Masoud Pezeshkian’s election: a reprieve for the Iranian regime ↑ Masoud Pezeshkian, the new president of Iran. cc Ayoub Ghaderi I ran ’s clerical regime had never in its 45-year history faced a challenge as significant as the one that emerged in late summer 2022. The Mahsa protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in morality police custody, swept across the nation, reportedly killing more than a thousand people, and leaving thousands injured and imprisoned.

Concerned about the outcome of this national uprising and for the future of governance in Iran, foreign governments intervened by piling on sanctions and negotiating with the regime to prevent its downfall through back-channel and indirect talks in countries like Oman. The intensification of sanctions pushed Iran’s troubled economy further into rampant inflation. Meanwhile, the scars of brutal state repression left wounds that have yet to heal, fostering a resentment that could see the people return to the streets.



Also read Mitra Keyvan, “ How far can Iran’s protest movement go? ”, Le Monde diplomatique , November 2022. The regime was also fighting on other fronts. The second was around Iran’s missile and nuclear programmes, which over the past three years have become one of the country’s most contentious political issues.

In late April 2024, for the first time in its history, the I.