For the first time since the foundation of the Islamic Republic, the election of the President will take place without any real competition.
In the eyes of the regime’s "hardliners", Raisi’s background offers solid guarantees. For one, he has extensive experience in repression and good relations with the Revolutionary Guard. He has also been at the head of one of the country’s main religious foundations, the Islamic Republic’s economic arm of sorts, and he has proved more than satisfactory in his role as chief justice. It is generally considered that the presidency would be a launching pad to Supreme Leadership for him, just as it was for Ayatollah Khamenei, who had been president for two terms, from 1981 to 1989.