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Ahmadinejad meets president-elect Rowhani in power transfer talks

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Iran’s president has discussed transferring power in a meeting with his newly elected successor, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The report said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Hassan Rowhani on his victory in the Friday election. Rowhani won the election outright by gaining nearly 51 percent of the vote, eliminating the need for a runoff. He is considered relatively moderate, though he backs pursuing Iran’s suspect nuclear development program. Rowhani has ...

Iran has a chance to find partners in U.S.: White House

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Iran’s new president will find a partner in the United States if he comes clean on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear program, a senior White House official said Sunday. Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani was elected president Friday, ending eight years of a conservative grip on the office marked by tension with the West over Tehran’s atomic drive. “If he is interested in... mending Iran’s relations with the rest of the world, there’s an opportunity to ...

World powers cautiously welcome new Iranian leader Rowhani

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Following Iranian moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani's presidential win, world powers offered a cautious welcome on Saturday. Amid concerns over Tehran’s nuclear program, the United States said it was prepared to engage Iran directly over its disputed nuclear program. The White House said such engagement would be aimed at reaching a “diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program,” AFP news agency reported ...

Video: Rowhani praises his 'victory over extremism' in Iran

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response. “This victory is a victory for wisdom, moderation and maturity... over extremism,” the mid-ranking moderate cleric who was also backed by reformists said in statements reported by AFP. The interior ministry said Rowhani had won ...

Rowhani’s victory a mandate for change in Iran

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Iranian voters weary of years of economic isolation and tightening political restrictions threw down a blunt demand for change on Saturday by handing a moderate cleric a landslide victory in a presidential election. Having waited throughout Friday night and most of Saturday, millions of Iranians at home and abroad greeted Hassan Rowhani’s victory with a mix of euphoria and relief that eight years under hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were finally over. That Rowhani, a former ...

Iran elections 2013: A race between a reformist and a principlist?

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Iran’s 2013 presidential election is now a competition between one centrist candidate and five conservative candidates; the pro-reform candidate, Mohammad Reza Aref, pulled out of this week’s presidential election on Tuesday in order to rally behind Hassan Rowhani, the centrist whose campaign has gained momentum in the last few weeks and who former candidate Hashemi Rafsanjani has also announced his endorsement for. In addition, another recent and significant development for the ...

Israel urges tougher Iran sanctions whoever wins vote

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has called for tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program regardless of who is elected as its new president, public radio reported on Saturday. The report came as partial results from Friday’s election gave a clear lead to moderate Hassan Rowhani, who headed Iran’s nuclear negotiating team under reformist president Mohammad Khatami in the early 2000s and has pledged to engage more with the international community. “We must ...

Iran’s Rouhani seeks ‘constructive interaction’

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Just weeks after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s election victory in 2005, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani stepped down from the post after quarrelsome meetings with the new president. The decision cemented Rouhani’s reputation as a moderate who rejected Ahmadinejad’s combative approach in world affairs in favor of the more nuanced philosophy of Ahmadinejad’s leading political foe, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani was rejected by Iran&rsquo ...

Moderate cleric Rowhani elected new Iranian president

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani won Iran's presidential elections, scoring a landslide victory over his conservative rivals without the need of a second round run-off, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on state television on Saturday. Najjar said 72 percent of the 50 million eligible voters had turned out to vote, and that Rowhani  had secured 18.6 million votes, just over the 50.71 percent of the vote needed to avoid a run-off. Here are the final results of the Iranian ...

Rowhani’s stance on Iran’s domestic and foreign policy

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rowhani’s stances on a variety of issues have resonated with voters. Following are statements he made on several key issues while on the campaign trail: Women “Discrimination against women will not be tolerated.” Nuclear issue “We will stand firm to get our nuclear rights recognised as we do for sanctions to be lifted. We need nuclear energy for the nation’s progress and my government will ensure this right is recognized at ...

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