Reformists Are Dispirited and Hard-Liners Resurgent Ahead of Iran’s Election

Air force and air defense staff salute Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 8, 2020 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader photo via AP Images).
Air force and air defense staff salute Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 8, 2020 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader photo via AP Images).

Ahead of parliamentary elections later this month, there is widespread disillusionment among Iranian voters. The nuclear deal that Tehran concluded with world powers in 2015 is hanging by a thread, and the economy is being throttled by unprecedented American sanctions. Across the country, security forces have clashed with protesters disgruntled at economic and political conditions. And while Iran and the United States have pulled back from the brink of war, tensions remain high. All of this has fueled the more hard-line factions in Tehran who blame President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist politician first elected in 2013 promoting an agenda of […]

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