Influential hard-line cleric intensifies attacks on Rouhani

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One of the more hard-line clerics in Iran has called President Hassan Rouhani’s Citizens’ Rights Charter initiative “incompatible with Islam,” called for a study of any connections between the 2009 election protests and people who have studied in Britain and warned that the administration was mishandling the nuclear negotiations. Continue reading

Has hard-line cleric behind Ahmadinejad been sidelined?

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Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi was often referred to as the spiritual father of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The hard-line group he led, the Endurance Front, was one of Iran’s rising political parties and premier contenders in the 2012 parliamentary elections. But since his falling out with the former president and his preferred candidate in the 2013 presidential election withdrew due to hard-line pressure, Reformist newspaper Armand Daily is wondering if one of the most hard-line clerics in Iran has left his political party and been sidelined from the political scene.

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