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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came into power in a landslide victory in 2013 on promises of reform and social and economic progress.
Although Rouhani’s administration succeeded in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal, many Iranians have yet to see economic prosperity from the lifting of sanctions, with youth unemployment at nearly 30 percent.
So, with the economy as the primary concern for Iranians casting their ballot in the May 19 presidential election, will Rouhani manage to win a reelection against his two ultra-conservative challengers, in what has turned out to be a tighter race than expected?
In this week’s Arena, human rights activist Maziar Bahari and Iranian academic Mohammad Marandi debate how much of a reformer President Hassan Rouhani has actually been and whether the country has progressed under his leadership.