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What's next for Iran?

Scores of reformist candidates have been barred from parliamentary elections

Next week, Iranians go to the polls to elect a new parliament. This time around there will be fewer choices on the ballot, after a number of ‘reformist’ politicians were purged from the list of candidates allowed to stand. Popular anger over the country’s dire economy has been spilling onto the streets, with some criticising Iran’s ruling elite, while others blame the United States for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and introducing fresh sanctions. But just who is in charge in Tehran? If hardliners are consolidating power, why now? And is outside pressure to bring about regime change strengthening the hand of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, or helping those Iranians who want a closer relationship with the West? Ritula Shah and a panel of expert guests discuss - what's next for Iran?

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53 minutes

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Sat 15 Feb 2020 04:06GMT

Contributors

Behnam Ben Taleblu - Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Sussan Tahmasebi, - Iranian-American civil society and women's rights activist

Siavush Randjbar-Daemi - Lecturer at the University of St Andrews

Farnaz Fassihi - award-winning Iranian-American journalist

Also featuring:

Wendy Sherman – Former US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs

 

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Iranians attend commemorations marking 41 years since the Islamic Revolution in Tehran by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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