Rouhani and especially Khamenei may be the most influential Iranian politicians, but they are not alone.
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Recent unrest has highlighted the deep-seated frustration felt by many Iranians over the economy and their demands for reform, and attention now turns to how the political establishment will respond.While all groups opposed the recent unrest and accepted action was needed to address economic problems, five key factions are pulling in different directions on how best to reform the country.The moderate faction currently dominates Iranian politics, focusing on better management of the economy, rebuilding trade with the West and gradually improving civil liberties as the best way to preserve the Islamic Revolution.Reformists of ex-president Mohammad KhatamiDespite being barred from public appearances over his role in 2009 protests, Khatami remains one of the most popular figures in Iranian politics. However, the faction is less favorable to Rouhani's efforts to liberalize society and opposes the president's criticisms of other parts of the establishment.
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