December 11, 2015

THE TRADE DEAL JUST KEEPS PAYING DIVIDENDS:

A realignment of Iran's political factions underway as elections loom (Gareth Smyth, 11 December 2015, The Guardian)

Broad support for President Hassan Rouhani's government is not just over its foreign policy but also its desire to revive the economy and private sector. From this follows all the speculation in Tehran that principle-ists like Ali Larijani, the parliamentary speaker, and Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri, a seasoned strategist, will help organise an electoral list for parliament broadly backing the president.

This coalition would stretch from Larijani and Nategh-Nouri, close supporters of the leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, though 'pragmatic' conservatives Rouhani and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to some reformists, including Mohammad Khatami.

This is why the GOP set up the vote so that they couldn't stop the deal.

Posted by at December 11, 2015 7:56 AM

  

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