Analyst: only 40% of newly elected parliament is pro-Rouhani
Tehran, Iran, March 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The staff of the new, post-election Iranian parliament will not be much different from the current one, and President Hassan Rouhani's economic plans will have to get through the same legislative body as before, Iranian economic expert and University professor believes.
Analyst Abdolmajid Sheikhi told Trend that only about 40 percent of the new parliament staff is pro-Rouhani, while other 60 lawmaker-elects are still conservatives.
Last Friday Iran hosted the parliament elections, the results of which showed a symbolic gain for reformists and pro-Rouhani in capital city Tehran, but a greater share for rightwing candidates calling themselves conservatives in other cities.
Rouhani had a hard time putting his plans into practice with the parliament that numerous times impeached his ministers and disqualified a number of them.
Abdolmajid Sheikhi believes that it is to be seen what plans Rouhani will put forward and how successful they will turn out to be in drawing favor among the MPs.
During his electoral campaign in 2013 and work in office, Rouhani specially emphasized rebuilding Iran's economy, so much so that even the famous nuclear deal with world powers is largely considered to be a mainly economic move.