18 May 2017

Iran’s election – inside the holy city of Qom


Ever since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, this place Qom has been the Centre of both political and religious power in Iran. But there are many here who argue that the hold of the clerics over political power has waned under President Rouhani – even though he himself is a cleric,

Some see this year’s critical presidential contest as a test of that. One of the most sensitive places in which votes will be cast is here in one of the Shia Muslim faith’s holiest cities – Qom.