The next presidential election in Iran will take place on June 14. Having already served two terms, Ahmadinejad is constitutionally barred from running again and Iran will definitely have someone else as president soon. The question is who will that person be? Past presidential elections in Iran have been lively, heavily contested, have seen a heavy turn out, and they have often propelled new faces to office. That was certainly the case when Khatami was elected as Iran's president in 1997, after which reformists dominated Iranian elections for several years until 2003, when they started losing in municipal and subsequently parliamentary elections before losing the presidency also in 2005. The winner of that election, of course, was a new face, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who brought a lot of excitement and vitality to the ranks of the once demoralized and defeated Principalist camp at a time when US and international threats and pressures on Iran made reformist agendas on breaking the walls of mistrust with the west appear out of place. Ahmadinejad, of course, was reelected subsequently in a landslide, in elections which saw a record turnout. But what transpired in the aftermath of that election, when the losing side refused to acknowledge its loss and instead resorted to making unsubstantiated allegations regarding the election being stolen and pouring into the streets to overturn its results, has left a question as to whether Iran's next presidential election will be as open, colorful and exciting as past editions? It is not even clear whether the reformists will present any candidates or whether any of them would be approved by Iran's Guardians Council. There are, to be sure, intense rivalries within the Principalist camp and many expect Iran's new president to emerge from the ranks of several new high profile candidates who are expected to announce their candidacy. There is even a new election law being enacted that seeks to impose new regulations starting with this election, although that law is strongly opposed by Iran's current president and has not yet been approved. In any case, I opened this thread because there will be plenty to discuss about Iran's elections from now until when they are held. Here is hoping that the events in the aftermath of the last presidential election won't close door on the Iranian public being able to choose their president in the same open and vibrant atmosphere as existed in that one. The issues facing the electorate in Iran are no less significant, and their active and enthusiastic participation in the process is probably more important than ever before.