Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, June 06, 2016

Progress in disguise

The new speaker of the Iranian parliament is described as a conservative, but his actions suggest something more moderate. How would you label him?

Iran Lawmakers Re-elect Their Conservative Speaker, Ali Larijani
A leading conservative was re-elected speaker of Iran’s Parliament on Tuesday, denying reformists a post they thought they had earned with a big win in February elections.

Lawmakers congratulate Larijani
In a mild surprise, an overwhelming majority of Iran’s lawmakers chose a conservative candidate, Ali Larijani, who has held the position since 2008. Mr. Larijani, 57, scion of a powerful Iranian family, is not considered a die-hard conservative, as he managed the Parliament’s approval last summer of the nuclear agreement with Western powers.

Moreover, Mr. Larijani has supported in recent years the government of President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who was elected on promises of reaching a nuclear deal and loosening Iran’s severe restrictions on personal freedoms…

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