Iran's "One-Way Road" to Democracy

Iranian President Khatami's Chief of Staff, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, explains why the coming elections can't derail the country's reform movement

Iran is at the crossroads of political reform. In a key election, President Mohammed Khatami is running against nine opponents. He is expected to win on June 8. Yet Khatami's first term has been no piece of cake. He and his supporters have been under repeated attack from hard-line clerics, opposed to his efforts to bring more democracy and the rule of law to Iran. A second win for Khatami will give him a renewed mandate for his reform program, but no one thinks that he will have an easy time of it.

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