Once an election hopeful, he went through a metamorphosis, trimming his beard and wearing designer suits and latest fashion sunglasses.Former higher education minister and reformist candidate Mostafa Moin appointed a woman -- former Majles deputy Elaheh Koolaei -- as his spokesperson.
The main focus of hard-line anger was a gathering of several hundred youngsters at Mohseni Square in affluent northern Tehran on the night of Ashura.
In the words of satirist Ebrahim Nabavi, "we have succeeded in imposing other ways of thinking on the regime.
It would suffice to take a look at the election campaigns to see how far we have succeeded." The Hejab Wars Although the hejab wars have been a constant feature of the past two decades, not all youth are openly defiant to the Islamic codes of appearance.
I carefully fold my black chador and stuff it in my schoolbag. My parents have their eyes and ears glued to the telephone! The youth have practically transformed the nationwide traditional ceremonies marking the martyrdom of the third Imam Hossein.
I daub my cheeks with some rouge that I have stashed away in my bag, and then I walk towards the school. In 2005, in parts of Tehran, the Ashura ceremonies turned into what conservatives described as "indecent displays." Failure to stamp out such affront against the holiest morning day in Shi'ism, some hard-line newspaper commentators said, would force pious citizens to take matters into their own hands.
But political analysts said the trend observed at Mohseni Square was in evidence, to a lesser extent, elsewhere.