Iran president’s influence wanes as nuclear deal threatened


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TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has seen his influence wane as his signature achievement, the nuclear deal with world powers, is now under threat from President Donald Trump.

Economic problems, as well as some suggesting a military dictatorship for the country, suggest Iran’s domestic politics may swing back toward hard-liners and further weaken the once-popular president.

It also threatens any further rapprochement with the West at a time with Washington appears more on a course toward confrontation.

The trends are a sharp contrast from hopes among supporters of the nuclear deal on both sides that the accord would a first step toward greater dialogue.—AP