Iran Election: 'Marriage Crisis' Threatens Ahmadinejad's Rule

Iran Election: 'Marriage Crisis' Threatens Ahmadinejad's Rule

My friends Farhad and Mahnaz are the quintessential Iranian couple. They are both engineers with a shared passion for hiking and movies and have been smitten with each other for six years - but Farhad and Mahnaz can't afford to get married because even a one-bedroom apartment is beyond their reach, despite their both having decent middle-class jobs. This reality has preyed on their relationship, compelling them to consider leaving Iran. And they blame the government for their situation.

UPDATE: The photo that originally appeared with this story was a stock image of a couple apparently in love. It has been brought to the HuffPost's attention that this image was previously used with a story on marriage in India.

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