By Kamran Bokhari
Iran is in the midst of significant long-term domestic political change. In the wake of the nuclear deal, there is an emerging struggle between reformists and staunch conservatives. The rift between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and its opponents within the clerical and security establishments will eventually result in a less hawkish regime, although one that will continue to fiercely pursue an assertive foreign policy. The elections that will be held on Feb. 26 will significantly influence the outcome of this struggle for power.
The Fault Line in Iran’s Political System
In order to understand the divide between Iran’s political elite, we must first look at how the country’s political structure was designed. There are two parts to Iran’s political system, which interlock in a complex manner. On one side is the president, along with his Cabinet. The president as the chief executive has responsibility for day-to-day governance. On the other