Most Iranians voted by staying home.
Meet Ibrahim Raisi.
The contest could determine the next supreme leader.
But also a referendum on the regime’s legitimacy.
“While we were talking to the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment . . . in Isfahan,” boasted Iran’s nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani in 2006. Now he is the president.
No doubt Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is less worried that his pet candidates did poorly in Friday's election than pleased to have an electoral process. . .
Saeed Jalili, the reputed front-runner to be Iran's next president, owes his meteoric rise to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei—and repays his mentor with absolute loyalty.