Inside Story

Is a new political era beginning in Iran?

So-called moderates make strong election gains to boost President Hassan Rouhani.

The election gains by President Hassan Rouhani’s backers are expected to increase Iran’s engagement with the world following the signing of the nuclear deal which ended years of international sanctions.

The election results are seen as a blow to the conservative Islamic establishment, although it retains decisive power due to Iran’s unwieldy dual system of clerical and republican rule.

The twin polls, for parliament and the assembly, are seen by analysts as a crucial moment for Iran following years of international isolation. It’s also a vote of confidence for the detente policy of Rouhani.

Do the election results herald a change in Iran’s political scene? And how are the results being received both regionally and globally?

Presenter: Mike Hanna


Adnan Tabatabai, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient.

Sadegh Zibakalam, Politics Professor at Tehran University.

Mohammad Shabani, Iran Pulse Editor at new media organisation Al Monitor.