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No." Rouhani's supporters hoped that his election victory would lead to social change in country where women have lesser rights than men in areas including inheritance, divorce and child custody and are subject to travel and dress restrictions, and strict Islamic law is enforced by a "morality police." But rights campaigners say there has been little, if any, moves to bring about greater political and cultural freedoms as the president has focused on striking the nuclear accord with world powers to end the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.
Iran rejects any allegations it is discriminating against women, saying it follows Sharia law.
Now Rouhani and his moderate allies are struggling to mobilize two of their main support bases — women and young people.
The February 26 parliamentary poll will see pro-reform candidates, who broadly back President Hassan Rouhani, attempt to overturn the majority held by conservative hardliners in the 290-seat assembly.
It will be a test of public support for Rouhani himself ahead of presidential elections next year.