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>> Lawmakers on the campaign trail often make promises they can't keep once in power. But Iran's newly re-elected president has a different problem. Delivering on his pledges could spark a battle with hardline opponents. Reuters' correspondent covering Iran, Babak Dehghanpisheh, explains from Baghdad.>> Hassan Rouhani, the victor of the elections, spoke out very harshly against the judiciary and the Revolutionary Guards.
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This was rhetoric that you rarely hear in Iran. As a result, the people who voted for him, the millions of people that voted for him, he won with more than 57% of the vote, they really got their expectations raised by the way that Rouhani was speaking in a very critical manner, in a way that's almost taboo in Iran.
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>> Rouhani's supporters expect him to deliver. They want him to tackle multiple human rights issues, such as political detentions and the mistreatment of prisoners, as well as fighting for basic rights that affect their daily lives, like preventing security forces from harassing women for the way they dress, or the judiciary from canceling concerts.
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>> Rouhani really is going to face an uphill battle not only against hardline officials like the head of the judiciary, who's already spoken out against him, but essentially, he is going to be squaring off against the top power in the country, that is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Because some of the criticism that he had brought up during his campaign speeches and in the lead up to the election can be seen as an indirect criticism of Khamenei himself.>> The Supreme Leader hasn't shown any inclination to allow these changes. If Rouhani wants to keep his promises, he'll have to push against the top power in the country.
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The hardliners look ready for a fight.