A man smokes on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples
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Many of the videos implored the U.S. Congress to approve the deal in a vote due next month, arguing that it offers the best hope of promoting democracy in Iran and is not a capitulation to Iranian hard-line factions to which they, too, are opposed.Some hard-liners in Iran's parliament have also opposed the deal, but have no legislative power to reject it.Reformists have been excluded from Iranian politics since 2009, when the authorities put down pro-democracy demonstrations after a disputed presidential election, arrested several leaders, and barred candidates from subsequent elections.The video campaign suggests many Iranian reformists hope and expect that Rouhani, who championed the nuclear talks, can finally fight for political reform against hard-line factions that dominate the judiciary and security establishment.
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