What Iran's Next Vote Means for Policy and the Presidency

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 19, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presents the budget for the fiscal year that starts in late March 2020 on Dec. 8, 2019. Rouhani described it as a

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the country's parliament in Tehran on Dec. 8, 2019. On Feb. 21, Iran will hold its first parliamentary elections since the United States began ramping up its 'maximum pressure' campaign.

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On Feb. 21, Iran will hold the first round of parliamentary elections that could usher in the return of a more conservative legislature. With moderates and reformists taking a back seat, such an outcome would nudge Tehran toward more hard-line and hawkish foreign policies, leaving less room for negotiation with...

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