Three months before presidential elections in Iran, it appears incumbent Hassan Rouhani will not fulfill a key pledge he made before winning office: to free opposition leaders held under house arrest since a 2009 crackdown.
The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected calls for “national reconciliation,” in effect guaranteeing that opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi — leaders of the Green Movement protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election — will remain under house arrest.
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The reactor building at the Russian-built nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran, is shown in August 2010, when the first fuel was loaded at the site. Iran and six world powers have been in negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capacity.