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Iran’s Reformists Link Defeat to a Split From the Poor

Five years ago, Iran’s political reformists controlled the presidency and had just won an overwhelming majority in Parliament by promoting an agenda that promised to curtail the role of clerics in the government and to spread democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the nation. But they have been run out because the conservative establishment succeeded in cutting them off at nearly every turn – but also because they failed to keep in touch with the people they had promised to help. “What we had not calculated was that we had lost the masses,” said Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former deputy interior minister active in the reform movement. “That was a shock.” Full Story

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