Nonresident Senior Fellow Daniel Brumberg: “Iran’s Zombie Democracy Comes Back to Life”
In an article for Foreign Policy, POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Daniel Brumberg analyses the resurgence of reformists in Iran’s February 27 elections for the Assembly of Experts and the parliament.
Once again, elections in Iran have confounded the expectations of watchers of the Islamic Republic. President Hassan Rouhani’s allies seem set to control at least 100 seats in the 290-member parliament, and have seized a decisive majority in the Assembly of Experts, which will choose the heir to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. As a result, the decade-long and relentless effort of hardliners to exclude all voices other than their own has been decisively blocked, and perhaps even reversed.
The election has proven that the rumors of the death of Iranian politics were greatly exaggerated. The prospects for a revival of the art of the (negotiated) deal on a host of domestic issues — especially economic policy — are greater now than at any time in recent memory.
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