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Iran's new parliament sworn in

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 01:34

Iran's centrist president, Hassan Rouhani, tells newly-elected lawmakers being sworn in for Tehran's new parliament that economic growth can't be reached with interacting with the world. Rough Cut - Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iran convenes the first session of its new parliament. Sixty percent of the 290-parliamentarians are recently-elected first-timers. The new assembly replaces one dominated by hardliners suspicious of détente with the West and economic liberalization. President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist, is under pressure to focus on the economy if he hopes to win re-election next year. "Over the past two decades, there is no country that has managed to reach proper economic growth and proper employment without interacting with the world. People in this round of elections called for improvement in their livelihood, and relations with the world based on peace and dignity." This is the first parliament in more than 20 years without either a conservative or reformist majority, and the novices' allegiances may switch between Iran's many factions.

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Iran's new parliament sworn in

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 01:34