In Final Day Before Vote, Rouhani Lashes Out at Iran’s Hard-Liners

With the exception of the third presidential debate in which candidates accused each other of lying and corruption, this year’s Iranian presidential election has been relatively calm in comparison to the last two elections. No one has attempted to disclose secrets about a candidate’s wife, and the country’s longtime nuclear negotiator was not suddenly criticized for his intransigence, breaking a longstanding taboo of not debating foreign policy. But the relative calm of this year’s election changed May 17 when President Hassan Rouhani issued one of his harshest criticisms of the country’s conservative unelected bodies and his main conservative rival.

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