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Stop Thinking 'Reformers Versus Conservatives' in Iran

Iran's politics involve multiple camps vying for control.
Rouhani has reason to smile.

Rouhani has reason to smile.

Photographer: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

The rest of the world may be confused, but for Tehran's business community and cafe-loving urbanites, it's pretty clear who won Iran's recent parliamentary election: They did.

And judging by the mood among hard-line legislators in Iran's parliament on Monday, they know they lost. A series of outgoing conservative legislators took the podium to complain, either about the election (one alleged fraud), or President Hassan Rouhani's economic policies ("Our Islamic Revolution may be damaged," warned another).