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With his rapprochement policy and chummy tweets in English, Iran's Hassan Rouhani has carved out a rather pleasant public image since being elected president last year. But don't tell that to his conservative critics in the Iranian parliament. Rouhani lashed out this week at critics of the Geneva accords as being "semiliterate," the Farsi-language Prague-based Radio Farda reported on Wednesday.

Rouhani made the remark at a gathering Tuesday in Tehran of academics and university administrators. "Why are a bunch of badly educated people the only ones speaking? Why do lecturers not speak out? History ... will not forgive them," he said.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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