The Islamic Republic of Iran is on the verge of a historic presidential election on June 28 following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in May.  

The election will reveal much about the direction the Iranian government will take in the next years. One of the most pressing questions is whether Iran will open up to the world or whether the schism between the populace and the government will be maintained, which means the country will remain in isolation. But the prospect of even a moderately progressive outcome has all but evaporated. ..

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