Wed Mar 8, 2017 10:17AM
A handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) attending a session of Iran's Assembly of Experts in Tehran on March 7, 2017.  (Photo by AFP)
A handout picture provided by the Iranian Presidency shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C) attending a session of Iran's Assembly of Experts in Tehran on March 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

There are less than 3 months to the 12th presidential elections in Iran while there are rumors that President Rouhani has lost votes because he has failed to fulfill his promises.

President Rouhani had a sweeping victory as a moderate candidate in 2013. He secured peoples' votes through promises of better economy and friendlier relations with the international community. He attached all his hopes to an agreement with the world's powers dubbed as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action but to his dismay things didn't work out as expected. 

Iranians will go to the polls to cast their votes for their next president. Two major political parties in Iran are Principlists and Reformsits; however, a new political group named Moderates has made its way into political arena after the 2013 presidential elections. Islamic Coalition Party officially announced that it will nominate Mostafa Mir-Salim, Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for the election. Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi, Member of the Parliament announced his nomination as well.

Hamid Baqai, Iranian politician and senior adviser to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announced his candidacy as an ‘independent’ candidate. Reformists and Moderates have reached a consensus on Hassan Rouhani as their candidate; however, Principlists have not come up with a candidate yet. They have decided to introduce one candidate in order to prevent any splitting votes which is the main reason for their defeat in the last elections. Rouhani has lost his popularity among people because he failed to fulfill his promises based on JCPOA.