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Less negativity in American views on Iran

Less negativity in American views on Iran

Maria Caspani writes in Reuters that Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow.

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Iran will continue to be most powerful player in Iraq

Iran will continue to be most powerful player in Iraq

Middle East Eye writes that the aftermath of the Iraqi elections on 12 May confirmed the country's troubled political cycle. Although the polls reflected the Iraqis' desire for political change, the dire realities of Iraqi politics provided the usual set of obstacles to the fulfilment of this choice.

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Rouhani congratulates Erdoğan victory

Rouhani congratulates Erdoğan victory

The Iranian President has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s victory in Turkey’s presidential elections and expressed hope that the friendly ties between Iran and Turkey will continue stronger than before.  

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Reuters: Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran

Reuters: Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran

Reuters reports on 11 June 2018 that the battle to determine the composition of the next Iraqi government has not yet been won, but Iran could secure a strategic victory in the face of lackluster engagement by the United States. Senior U.S. foreign policy officials are distracted by the upcoming summit with North Korea, while those assigned to push back against Iranian influence are solely focused on re-imposing sanctions – failing to appreciate the significance of this potential turning point for Tehran’s regional influence.

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Larijani Parliament Speaker for 10th consecutive year

Larijani Parliament Speaker for 10th consecutive year

Elections by the Parliamentary Assembly of Iran took place Wednesday morning with 279 MPs. In the second round of voting, incumbent Ali Larijani was re-elected with 147 votes for the third year of the 10th Parliament for the 10th consecutive year.

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Hezbollah wins Lebanon elections

Hezbollah wins Lebanon elections

Although the Lebanese parliamentary election results have not been finalized, but it seems none of the parties have an absolute majority in parliament and must form a coalition with other factions in order to decide the election of the parliament speaker and prime minister, give the new cabinet the vote of confidence, and other issues requiring a two-thirds majority vote.

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