In Iran, Rouhani Begins 2nd Term With Signs He’s Yielding to Hard-Liners

3 Aug 2017   Iran

President Hassan Rouhani, endorsed by Iran ’s supreme leader on Thursday with a nationally televised cheek-kiss, is starting his second term under newly intense pressure from both hard-line opponents and many of his own reform-minded supporters. His brother had to be bailed out from prison after a July arrest on corruption charges that some experts see as political payback for the president’s re-election. A key oil deal Mr. Rouhani negotiated with a French company has led to accusations that he is selling the country off to foreign interests. President Trump has just signed into law new sanctions that undermine the signature achievement of Mr. Rouhani’s first term, the nuclear agreement. Now, as Iran prepares for his second inauguration on Saturday, some of the forces […]

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