Hardliners target Iran’s president as U.S. pressure grows

Reuters | May 16, 2019 at 6:18 AM
  • Growing U.S. pressure on Iran has weakened pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani and made his hardline rivals more assertive at home and abroad, recent developments show.
  • Ebrahim Raisi, who became head of the judiciary in March and is a contender to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, retorted that all branches of government had sufficient authority to carry out their duties.
  • Restrictions on social media, championed by hardline officials and clerics, are putting further political pressure on Rouhani.