President Hassan Rowhani’s presidency endorsement by the constitutionally-mandated and appointed 12-members of the conservative Guardian Council, his endorsement of former president Rafsanjani, his promises of bringing "dignity” to the nation, freeing political prisoners, promoting civil rights, normalcy and reintegrating Iran in the world economically and politically, struck a chord with many Iranian people.
Rowhani’s relative acceptance and legitimacy within Iran’s political spectrum (the hardliners, conservatives, moderate, principalists – Osulgarayan- and reformists), his loyalty to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran’s revolutionary principles, his background as a government insider and chief nuclear negotiator, the blessings of the Supreme Leader for him and the need for change after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, placed Rowhani in a unique position last year for the presidency.
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Iranians celebrate the victory of moderate presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani (portrait) in the presidential elections at Vanak Square, in northern Tehran, on June 15, 2013. (AFP)
Rapprochement with the West
Domestic politics: human rights, unemployment, and freedoms