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Originally posted by ferretman
The problem with Iran is that the office of President doesn't have any real 'powers'.
The Iranian President is the mouthpiece for the religious Imans (?) who really control the power.
That is why the last President was not able to do alot of what the people wanted, it was never approved.
No matter who is President Iran is not going to 'westernise' quickly (and threats and intimidation only play into the hands of their conservative elements who claim they are the only ones capable and willing of standing up to such threats and intimidation whilst protecting the Iranian identity and sovereignty........and will point to the experience of last time they were close to the 'west', not that long ago, to make their point).