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Potent reminder of Rouhani’s reformist failure

Iran’s Green Movement reformist leaders are being widely eulogized on social media on the 11th anniversary of being put under house arrest.

But while some Iranians may pine for the heady days over a decade ago when reformists were seemingly on the ascent, conservatives are widely expected to sweep presidential elections in June, further consolidating their hold on the Islamic Republic.  

As moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s final term draws to a close, many of his ambitions and promises will go unrealized, not least his vow to win the release of reformist luminaries Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard.

It isn’t clear to most how Iran’s moderates and progressives can steer themselves out of their political tailspin.