It's Not Over In Iran

Reformist MPs met yesterday with Rafsanjani, Mousavi, Karroubi, and Khatami. Scott Lucas supplies a snap analysis:

1. This conflict has always been more than just the Green Movement v. the regime. Some coverage of 22 Bahman (11 February) fed that misleading view; the events yesterday demonstrate that we can now put away the narrative of “it all ended on that day”.

2. Rafsanjani, Mousavi, and the reformists all signalled that they want to work within the framework of the Islamic Republic, and Rafsanjani in particular made it clear that there should be no challenge to the Supreme Leader. At the same time, all also stated firmly that the Government has distanced itself from the people, the marker of continuing and possibility escalating challenge to Ahmadinejad.

Meanwhile, Khamenei moves closer to Ahmadi by backing his plan to "sharply curtail the country’s long-established system of state subsidies."