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Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Karrobi
Al-monitor -
 Mehdi Karroubi, the 79-year-old leader of the Green Movement that emerged out of Iran's highly charged 2009 presidential election, has ended his hunger strike after his demands have been reportedly met, according to his family members.


AUTHOR
Al-Monitor Staff

His wife, Fatemeh Karroubi, told Saham News that her husband had begun a hunger strike after morning prayers Aug. 16 to "protest his illegal and unconstitutional house arrest." Karroubi and the other two movement leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, were put under house arrest in February 2011 for calling for protests against the election results.

Saham News said the former parliament speaker and 2009 presidential candidate's two demands

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Iranians mock Rouhani over explanation for no female ministers

Rouhani
Al-monitor -
 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's reasoning for not appointing any female ministers to his Cabinet — as he had promised he would in the May presidential election — has prompted a backlash from his supporters.


AUTHOR Al-Monitor Staff

On Aug. 15, the moderate Rouhani defended his proposed list of ministers to members of parliament and tried to persuade them to vote in favor of his Cabinet. "I will tell

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Rouhani uses inauguration to send message of moderation

Rouhani
Al-Monitor — 
When Hassan Rouhani first became president in 2013, he had a mentor: two-time President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. At the time, Rouhani's rivals hinted that the real president would be Rafsanjani, despite the fact that Rouhani had an unrivaled experience in diplomacy and security affairs, alongside his extensive experience in the parliament and his standing as a senior cleric.


AUTHOR Ali Hashem

Now that Rouhani is starting his second

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Ahmadinejad camp brazenly assaults Iranian judiciary

Ahmadinejad
Al-monitor —
 Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his inner circle have been at the center of a storm on the Iranian political stage in recent weeks, with senior aide Hamid Baghaei hurling brazen accusations of rights abuses at the judiciary.


 

Baghaei, a former vice president for executive affairs, made the accusations on July 26 after being released from 18 days in detention, his second imprisonment without any charge. Law

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Rouhani officially begins second term

Rouhani
Al-Monitor  — 
At the Imam Khomeini Hussainiya prayer hall, the residence of Iran’s supreme leader, an orchestra played the Iranian national anthem. Almost every senior official in the Islamic Republic was present to witness Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorse the results of the May 19 presidential elections and inaugurate the second term of President Hassan Rouhani. As the music faded, a recitation of verses from the Quran began, with

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