Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Seeking signs of political conflict in Iran

Another sign of the struggle for power over policy making in Iran reached the Western media at the end of 2013.

In Iran, hard-liners strike back
Conservatives in Iran are enjoying their first major return to the spotlight since the surprise victory of Hassan Rouhani in the June presidential election, highlighting lingering divisions within the Islamic republic’s political establishment.

The conservatives used a event Monday to stage rallies around the country that criticized Rouhani’s outreach to the West and portrayed him as aligned with a 2009 protest movement that authorities here refer broadly as the “sedition.’’

President Rouhani
In parliament, conservatives who dominate that body are seeking to scuttle the interim nuclear deal that Tehran struck with world powers in November…

In some ways, the moves serve as little more than political theatrics designed to remind Rouhani that he faces domestic opposition. But the vocal support being expressed for a more confrontational Iranian foreign policy suggests that conservatives feel emboldened to reaffirm an ideology increasingly at odds with the policy of international engagement favored by Rouhani and his administration…

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