Rouhani's Real Test

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Rouhani at the U.N. in September. As Iran nears political and economic collapse, the changes he promised become increasingly.

The wave of joy in Iran over the nuclear deal has receded, replaced by a sense that the hard part starts now. Having essentially frozen Iran's nuclear program for six months in exchange for a loosening of economic sanctions, the six world powers are pressing for a final, comprehensive agreement. But for President Hassan Rouhani, the tougher challenge may be on the domestic front, where he must now follow through on his campaign promises to introduce political and social reforms, including the release of political prisoners and allowing the press greater...

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