Interview – 4 reasons Iran’s new parliament is a really big deal

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2016 Iranian parliamentary elections in Vox:

“But when I spoke with Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he cautioned against overstating the significance of pro-Rouhani moderate gains in the parliament. Even with the political capital gained from last year’s nuclear accord, said Sabet, “Rouhani may face a limited consensus on expanding social and political freedoms.”

Even though many traditional principalists, such as the current speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, publicly supported the Rouhani administration’s efforts in securing the nuclear agreement, they don’t agree with the centrists and reformists on a number of sociopolitical issues.

“Critically, the election results will (largely) deny hard-liners the use of parliament as a platform to advance their agenda, forcing them to make greater use of unelected power centers like the judiciary and security forces or, in some instances, greater compromise with moderates,” Sabet told me.”

To read the rest of the article, visit Vox.