31 Aug '14, 3pm

Hardliners Intensify Attacks on Iranian President

Hardliners Intensify Attacks on Iranian President

DUBAI — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing an uphill battle in winning the trust of his Arab neighbors due to the raging political conflict between his administration and hardliner politicians in Tehran. But he still has the upper hand in nuclear talks domestically, experts say. Political hardliners in Iran have intensified their attacks by ousting Science, Research, and Technology Minister Reza Faraji-Dana amid conflict over Rouhani’s approach to economic, social and cultural issues. In recent months, a core of hardline parliamentarians belonging to the Endurance Front have led the opposition against Faraji-Dana. Last summer, the same group blocked Rouhani’s previous nominee for the same post, Jafar Towfighi, mainly on grounds that he had held the same post under former President Mohammad Khatami. Iran analysts believe the battles between the two camps have weaken...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140831/DEFREG04/3083...

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