Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO)

JPost By: Reuters

 

After having achieved a nuclear deal with the West, both Rouhani and Khamenei have a vested interest in setting aside their differences to secure their political futures and turn the economy round.

 

ANKARA – President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may have sharply ideological differences but the fragility of Iran’s economy has forced them into an uneasy alliance at least for the time being.

 

In the past, the two powerful figures had offered contrasting visions for the Iranian economy with the conservative Khamenei calling for self-reliance and the pragmatist Rouhani urging cooperation with the world.

 

But now, after having achieved a nuclear deal with the West, both leaders have a vested interest in setting aside their differences to secure their political futures and turn the economy round.

 

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