October 6, 2016

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Iranian reformists send clear support for Rouhani (Misha Zand, October 6, 2016, Al Monitor)

The pro-reform Arman Daily's interview with Moein, published Oct. 6 with the headline "Reformists within Rouhani's think tank," announced the unofficial think tank and said "the president is much too busy to set up an official think tank."

Moein is well-known within reformist circles as he served as culture minister during Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's presidency (1989-1997) and as culture minister and then science minister during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005). Moein, who is today one of Rouhani's advisers, said, "Rouhani's chief rival is his own performance, and we hope that in the final months the 11th government [Rouhani's administration] can benefit more from opportunities."

The Arman article says the conservative hard-line faction in Iran, better known as the Worried group, is trying to pull Rouhani toward its views to damage his popularity. "[Even] without an official decree, the reformists regard it as their duty to give advice to Rouhani and to offer their views, [while] the Worried [group] is well aware of this."

"The Worried group" is an expression that stuck to the critics of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action agreement, which Iran signed with the world powers in July 2015 in an attempt to get economic sanctions relaxed.



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