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Iranian Hardliners Block Rouhani's Promises of Greater Freedom

After a year in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has achieved a steady thaw in relations with the West but failed so far to deliver on campaign promises of more freedom at home. On some significant indicators - the number of executions and political prisoners as well as press freedom - the pragmatic Rouhani has fared no better or even worse than his hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, activists say. But Rouhani's defenders say he appears to be single-mindedly pursuing...

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