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In Iran, Political Change at a Measured Pace

MIN READFeb 24, 2016 | 10:36 GMT

In Tehran, a banner encouraging voter participation depicts Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate, reformist candidates have a chance to perform well in Iran's parliamentary elections Feb. 26.

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For the first time in Iran's history, its two elected national government bodies, the 290-seat parliament and the 88-seat Assembly of Experts, are up for popular election on the same day. The broader public is calling for reform, and the Islamic Republic's conservative establishment has taken precautions to protect its hold on power by barring the most ardently reform-oriented candidates from the race. But with sanctions gradually lifting and Iranian voters looking to accelerate their country's economic opening, conservative candidates are adjusting their platforms to sound more and more like their reformist counterparts. ...

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