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President Khatami and Ayatollah Rafsanjani (second, third from left) at the opening of the 6th Majlis.
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Good luck
The reformists and the new Majlis

Interviews by Jahanshah Javid
June 1, 2000
The Iranian

The reformists have a commanding majority in the new Majlis. But will they be able to carry out their promises? Will they be able to realize the electorate's demand for change? Will they be able to legislate reforms despite expected opposition from the conservative Council of Guardians? Here are the views of two political scientists (RealAudio in Persian):

Mohsen Milani
Political science professor at South Florida University

* What is the significance of the new Majlis?
* Will the reformist majority in the Majlis be able to fulfill its promises?
* What will be the legislative strategy?

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Bahman Bakhtiari
Political science professor at the American University in Cairo

* How will the reformists deal with the conservative Council of Guardians?
* Will the reformists use the Majlis to voice their concerns?
* How can the reformists push their agenda?
* Is the reformist majority united?
* What will be Ayatollah Rafsanjani's role?

Mohsen Milani is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at South Florida University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He is the author of "The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic" (1994, Westview Press, Second Edition).

Bahman Bakhtiari is professor of political science at the American University in Cairo. He received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia. The tilte of his latest book is "Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran" (1997, University Press of Florida).

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