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Iran’s succession plans unlikely to fix economic woes

The death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi yesterday creates greater uncertainty over the succession planning for the next Supreme Leader. But, taking a step back, the balance of political power within Iran means that there is unlikely to be a major shift in economic or foreign policy, with the sanctions-damaged economy set to struggle and tensions with Israel and the West likely to continue. The international reaction to Raisi’s death highlights how relations with the Gulf have thawed though.

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