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Many expected that they would avoid the Iran vote as one of the presidential race


As people waved Iranian flags and blue flags adorned with Mr. Suleimani’s face, one speaker told the audience that Mr. Raisi would remove all inequalities in Iran and remove “the smallest mark of corruption.”

Two women in attendance said they respect Mr. Raisi’s qualifications as a judiciary who has fought corruption in the past. But more than that, they said it was a patriotic duty to show up.

“I want to show my support for the revolution,” said Zahra Shahrjerdi, 61, a retired teacher.

“There are problems in the Islamic Republic, but we believe the system is good,” said her daughter Fatemeh Ghanaati, 35, an elementary school teacher.

Others, however, had long since come to the opposite conclusion that the problem was the Islamic Republic. Presidents may come and go, but real power has remained in the hands of the Supreme Leader and the Corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, which some presidential candidates have called the “shadow government” in this election.

“I’ve voted for four different people in the past and they couldn’t do the job,” says Zohre Afrouz, 58, a seamstress who can hardly afford a rent and who has done without it despite working a 12-hour day Car to buy.

She regretted her vote because, regardless of who the president is, “everyone is limited to a framework and politics is dictated to them,” she said. “My voice has no value.”

Amir, 30, a jewelry seller in the Grand Bazaar, was blunt.

“Our country, it should be demolished and rebuilt,” he said. “It’s no use.”

Vivian Yee reported from Tehran and Farnaz Fassihi from New York.

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