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February 22, 2016 10:55 am

US Watching Closely as Iran Holds First Election After Nuclear Deal

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. As Iranians head to the polls this week in their first election sign the signing of the nuclear deal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Iranians head to the polls this week in the first election since the signing of the nuclear deal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

As Iranians head to the polls this week, President Barack Obama and his aides are keenly paying attention. The results of the elections — for parliament and another government body — could signal whether moderate forces are rising in the Islamist country as it adheres to a controversial nuclear deal and continues to engage with the US.

But while the Obama administration is careful to keep its interest low-key, fearing that any overt US role could embolden Iranian hardliners, three Republican congressman are demanding that Tehran give them visas so that they can be on the ground as Iranians cast ballots.

Read full story at Politico.

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