A woman holds a poster of Iran’s newly elected president Ebrahim Raisi, with text in Persian reading ‘government of the people, strong Iran’, as supporters celebrate his victory in Imam Hussein square in the capital Tehran on Saturday. Photograph: Atta Kenare /AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s presidential election may be the most important since the founding of the Islamic republic as it could herald an end to more than 40 years of t(...)

Behind the veil

There have been false dawns before in the Islamic Republic. For many of its people the 1997 election Mohammed Khatami as president was a sign that Ira(...)

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani speaks to the media following a visit to the Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran yesterday. Reuters/Fars News/Seyed Hassan Mousavi

The surprise victory of a mild-mannered cleric in Iran’s presidential elections has raised hopes of more pragmatic policies at home and abroad after e(...)