Issue 381 - 05 Mar 1990
Nothing is simple in Iranian politics. Less than a year ago, the pragmatic Ali Akbar Rafsanjani was overwhelmingly elected to the post of president with hugely strengthened executive powers. His success was widely greeted with relief at home (where it was taken to signify more practical economic policy-making) and abroad (where it seemed to imply the possibility of a rapprochement with the West and the Arab world, and – of course – progress towards the release of the hostages in Lebanon).

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