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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's honeymoon with his countrymen may have ended with a box of rice, chicken and cheese.The furor shows the mountain Rouhani faces in challenging a populist political culture where Iranians see the state as a fount of goods and welfare. According to a narrative common abroad, Rouhani won last June's election because reformist voters sought social and political freedoms. On the other hand, the "left" or reformists have inclined since the 1990s toward economic reform, as have pragmatic conservatives such as Rouhani.Rouhani's television appearance, itself delayed by a dispute with state TV over who would interview the president, did little to clarify matters.At first, there was speculation that Rouhani saw food hampers as a way of cushioning the blow of phasing out cash handouts. To turn things round, Rouhani may need to prescribe a dose of austerity.
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