Victory of the moderates in the Iranian elections

Last Friday elections were held in Iran for the Parliament (Majlis) and for the Assembly of Experts, which will very likely appoint the next Supreme Leader. The consultations, which occurred in a rather calm environment despite the polarized rhetoric, saw the victory of an alliance consisting of reformists and moderates close to President Rouhani against the list of so–called ‘principlists’, which included various conservative groupings ranging from centre-right to extreme right. The results are a clear indication of the wide support enjoyed by Rouhani and his policy of engagement with the West, six months after the achievement of the nuclear deal and represent a serious blow for the hardliners, who suffered their soundest defeat in the city of Tehran.

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Claudia Castiglioni

Department of International Relations and Diplomacy. Adjunct Professor European History. PhD in History of International Relations, University of Florence; Master in International Relations, University of Bologna; BA in International Relations, University of Milan. Post-doctoral Fellow in History of International Relations, University of Florence; Adjunct Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris; Calouste Gulbenkian Alumnus Fellow, SAIS – Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC; Invited Lecturer on “Iran in International System”, University of Economics, Prague.