President Khatami and Ayatollah Rafsanjani (second, third
from left) at the opening of the 6th Majlis.
The reformists and the new Majlis
Interviews by Jahanshah Javid
June 1, 2000
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 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).