Divisions between Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the clerical establishment have widened. In a clear rebuke to the president, Ayatollah Khamenei’s supporters took three-quarters of the seats in the election for parliament and later grilled him about his policies. But this is not the only tension facing the regime.

IRAN’S internal political stability has come under scrutiny as the controversy over its nuclear programme holds international attention and dissent persists against the pro-Tehran regime in nearby Syria.

Elections for the 290 seat parliament - the National Consultative Assembly of Iran cal...

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
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