Iran facing colliding challenges as election looms

TEHRAN — Iran is about to step into a critical period, facing colliding challenges that are among the most significant since the country became an Islamic republic in 1979.

Since mid-March, most Iranians have been on vacation connected to Nowruz, the Persian New Year, leaving Iran’s chaotic capital unusually calm. All that will change on Saturday, when workers return to their jobs amid economic and political concerns.

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