Iran Elections: Monumental Miscalculation

The battle of wills played out on the streets of Tehran since the presidential election is a contest for the soul of the Islamic Republic.

The World Today Updated 9 November 2020 Published 1 July 2009 4 minute READ

Professor Ali Ansari

Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director, Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews

Hard-liners may have overreached in their wish for democratic approval; public protest at the failure to protect their votes is all too evident. It is a monumental miscalculation resulting from intoxication with power.

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