Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 22, 2014

The sniping goes on

Conservatives "slap the hand" of the Iranian president. He doesn't seem too concerned.

Minister Seen as Pro-Western Is Ousted in Rebuke to the President
Parliament dismissed Iran’s science minister on Wednesday over his supposed support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
The no-confidence vote… reflected conservative lawmakers’ frustration over his support for teachers seen as pro-Western or those involved in opposition rallies after the disputed 2009 election…
Mr. Rouhani was out of town but showed his support before the vote by calling Mr. Dana a “polite and knowledgeable minister.”

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