The Vote In Iran

The President and his brother are trying to stage a reformist sweep at the polls

Reza Khatami, the brother of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is in the back of a silver Oldsmobile racing toward the next campaign stop. Fighting Tehran's afternoon rush hour, his driver maneuvers between the lanes and cuts off other cars while en route from a student rally to address older voters in a mosque out of town. Unfazed by the commotion, the candidate concentrates on explaining why he is running for a seat in Iran's Majlis-e-Shura, or national assembly. "We want to see democracy take firmer root and blossom," he says. "If the reformers win, we will create...

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