Iran can reform and survive, says Rouhani deputy

At rallies and in televised debates, he defended Mr Rouhani’s government, acting as an effective proxy for the president, before stepping down days before the election.

But Mr Jahangiri’s vociferous election campaign helped establish the four-decade-long stalwart of the Islamic republic as a possible future presidential candidate, as well as a high profile advocate for reform in his own right.

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