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    ...When the last elections took place in June 2009, millions of Iranian men and women took to the streets to protest what they perceived as a fraudulent result.The protests saw the birth of the Green Movement that shook the foundations of the Islamic Republic, undermining the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Though the protests continued into early 2011, the security apparatus successfully repressed the opposition and created a securitised political environment that ensured the near-monopoly of hardliners.Hovering over the background was the diplomatic stalemate over Iran's nuclear programme.As tensions grew between Washington and Tehran, with increasing UN sanctions targeting Iran's financial institutions and energy sector, Iranian politics entered a new phase of conflict. ...

    Indian Express on July 4, 2013, 12:02 a.m.