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Hundreds of thousands of Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrate in Tehran, 15 June 2009. ©ALFRED/SIPA

The Iranian elections and the aftermath

Analysis - 17 June 2009

by Rouzbeh Parsi

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The impact of events of the last two weeks, following the disputed presidential election of 12 June, will be felt in Iran for years come, whatever the short-term outcome. While the future remains unclear, understanding that a fundamental shift has taken place at the heart of the Iranian political system is vital for the EU and other international actors in shaping their future policy towards Iran.