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Iran: Rivals regroup after rejection of Zarif resignation

The long-running dispute between centrist/moderate and hardline/principalist elements in the Islamic Republic broke out into the open on 25 February when foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif posted his resignation on Instagram. In a subsequent interview with local daily Jomhuori Eslami, he complained that Iranian foreign policy had become the subject of “party and factional fighting.”Zarif’s resignation was ultimately rejected by President Hassan Rouhani, leading to suggestions among some observers that he had been strengthened by the episode.

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