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After Saudi Embassy attack in Iran, top security officials fired

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made a point of holding top security officials responsible for allowing the attack on the Saudi Embassy.
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The crisis over the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, which at its root was caused by an international rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, may turn out to become a domestic political issue with the upcoming February 2016 parliamentary elections in Iran. The attacks on the embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad over the execution of Shiite activist Nimr al-Nimr not only resulted in Riyadh cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran, but have created challenges for President Hassan Rouhani, who campaigned on reducing tensions with foreign countries.

The immunity that rogue elements have previously enjoyed when disrupting speeches by moderates and Reformists and even attacking embassies is being challenged by a president who has unfulfilled 2013 election campaign promises. This is perhaps one reason why the Rouhani administration has condemned the attackers, gone after the perpetrators and held the officials in charge of security responsible.

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