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Mar 6, 2012

Iran says to let U.N. nuclear sleuths visit military site

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday it would let U.N. nuclear investigators visit a military complex where they had been refused access to check intelligence suggesting Tehran has pursued explosives research relevant to nuclear weapons.

Western diplomats dismissed Iran’s statement as a time-buying gambit – rather than a genuine shift towards nuclear transparency – with Israel talking increasingly stridently of last-resort military action against its arch-enemy.

Mar 4, 2012

Khamenei allies trounce Ahmadinejad in Iran election

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Loyalists of Iran’s paramount clerical leader have won over 75 percent of seats in parliamentary elections, a near-complete count showed, largely reducing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a lame duck in a contest between conservative hardline factions.

The outcome of Friday’s vote, largely shunned by reformists whose leaders are under house arrest, will have no major impact on Iran’s foreign policy including its nuclear dispute with the West. But it will give Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s camp a significant edge in the 2013 presidential election.

Mar 4, 2012

Khamenei allies trounce Ahmadinejad in Iran election

TEHRAN, March 4 (Reuters) – Loyalists of Iran’s
paramount clerical leader have won over 75 percent of seats in
parliamentary elections, a near-complete count showed, largely
reducing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a lame duck in a
contest between conservative hardline factions.

The outcome of Friday’s vote, largely shunned by reformists
whose leaders are under house arrest, will have no major impact
on Iran’s foreign policy including its nuclear dispute with the
West. But it will give Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s
camp a significant edge in the 2013 presidential election.

Mar 3, 2012

Iran touts high turnout in election

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran, under intense Western pressure over its disputed nuclear program, on Saturday declared an initial turnout of 64 percent in a parliamentary election shunned by most reformists as a sham.

Iran’s Islamic clerical leadership is eager to restore the damage to its legitimacy caused by the violent crushing of eight months of street protests after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected in a 2009 vote his opponents said was rigged.

Mar 3, 2012

Iran touts high turnout, Ahmadinejad faction losing

TEHRAN, March 3 (Reuters) – Iran, under intense
Western pressure over its disputed nuclear programme, declared
an initial turnout of 65 percent in a parliamentary election
shunned by most reformists as a sham.

Iran’s Islamic clerical leadership is eager to restore the
damage to its legitimacy caused by the violent crushing of eight
months of street protests after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s
re-election in a 2009 vote his opponents said was rigged.

Mar 2, 2012

Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader

TEHRAN, March 2 (Reuters) – Iranians voted on Friday
in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s power over rival hardliners led by
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout to ease an
acute crisis of legitimacy caused by Ahmadinejad’s re-election
in 2009 when widespread accusations of fraud plunged the Islamic
Republic into the worst unrest of its 33-year history.

Mar 2, 2012

Iran’s hardliners face off in parliamentary election

TEHRAN, March 2 (Reuters) – Iranians voted on Friday
in a parliamentary election expected to reinforce the power of
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s clerical establishment
over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian leaders are looking for a high turnout to repair an
acute crisis of legitimacy caused by Ahmadinejad’s re-election
in 2009 when widespread accusations of fraud plunged the Islamic
Republic into the worst unrest of its history.

Mar 1, 2012

Iran religious, political hardliners face off in vote

By Parisa Hafezi

(Reuters) – Iran’s ruling political and religious hardliners will face off in a parliamentary election on Friday, echoing a deepening rift in a conservative establishment grappling with economic sanctions over the country’s disputed nuclear program.

The election will by the first since the country’s disputed presidential election in 2009, when bloody opposition and pro-democracy protests were stamped out by security forces.

Feb 29, 2012

Iran: two worlds meet, over tea

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Mina and Mohammad stood on opposite sides of the political barricades when protests against Iran’s rulers erupted into mass street violence; she, a student demanding democratic reform, he a member of the hard-line Basij militia that helped crush the greatest challenge ever to the Islamic Republic.

Now the two, both 27, are brought together for the first time in a small sitting room in central Tehran. Two years have passed. Iran faces painful trade sanctions over its nuclear program, prices soar, the opposition is silenced and parliamentary polls loom for Mina as an empty promise of democracy.

Feb 28, 2012

Iran election highlights deepening power struggle

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s parliamentary election this Friday is a potentially decisive battle in the struggle between political and religious hardliners, but it is unlikely to alter Tehran’s stand on its deadlock with the West over its nuclear program.

It will be the first poll since the country’s disputed presidential election in 2009, which led to eight months of bloody street protests by Iranians demanding reform.

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      "Nick Paisner started writing for Breakingviews in August 2009. He previously worked in banking, with London-based roles in equity capital markets and corporate banking at Citigroup and later UniCredit. Nick holds an MPhil in European Literature from Cambridge University and a BA in Modern Languages from Oxford University."
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