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Iranian hard-liners launch wave of attacks on Rouhani administration

Iranian hard-liners have launched a new wave of attacks against the administration of recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani gestures during a news conference in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2017. TIMA via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX372F9

On the heels of the re-election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian hard-liners have once again launched a wave of attacks against the government. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is widely popular among Iranians for having reached the nuclear deal in 2015, has in recent days been particularly facing a series of accusations by hard-liners.

Parliament member Mahmoud Nabavian, a member of the hard-line Endurance Front and also a part of the campaign of conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, claimed recently that Zarif had reached a deal with the United States to hand over Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in exchange for the lifting of remaining banking sanctions.

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