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Early attacks on Rouhani were thus seen as efforts by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his conservative clerical allies, and the Revolutionary Guard to weaken and contain the incumbent in his second term.More than once, Rouhani supporters subtly referred to the question of succession, by suggesting that the election was about Iran's fortunes for the next 40 years. Conservatives used both social media and their control of Iranian radio and television to highlight the dire economic situation and Rouhani's unfulfilled promises that all international sanctions would be lifted after Iran agreed in 2015 to the nuclear deal with the United Nations (and by extension, the United States).In the past three elections, this paradigm has usually managed to gain 15-17 million votes.Twenty-five million of those 40 million (62.5 percent) voted for the reformist paradigm, delivering a landslide victory to Rouhani.Yet, if the past is any indication, Rouhani's decisive victory does not mean the end of conservative power.In any case, Iran's future trajectory will be determined not only by Rouhani and the conservative camp, but also by regional developments and the policy adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.
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