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Iran opens new parliament packed with Rouhani critics

The tough road ahead of President Hassan Rouhani in the upcoming closing year of his term is expected to be made even even bumpier by the new ultraconservative legislature.
TEHRAN, IRAN - MAY 27: President of Iran Hassan Rouhani attends the first official session of 11th round of the Iranian parliament after its opening ceremony in Tehran, Iran on May 27, 2020. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Iran’s 11th parliament officially began its mandate May 27 following a ceremony attended by many of the country's most powerful men, including moderate President Hassan Rouhani, Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi and several high-ranking military commanders.

In a message read by his representative, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei envisioned the pathway ahead of the new lawmakers, urging them to refrain from “sideshows” and instead unite to uproot corruption and pursue the “resistance economy,” a strategy Khamenei has been promoting in recent years to fight off the US “maximum pressure” policy.

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