Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Elections Gains Unlikely to Shift Iran Power Balance Fast

By Samia Nakhoul March 2  – Impressive gains by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in heavily handicapped elections to parliament and a clerical body are evidence of an isolated nation eager to move from theocracy to a more open democracy, but few expect a sudden shift in power. The Islamic Republic’s unique dual system of clerical

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