Moderate cleric elected president of Iran
With election of Hassan Rowhani, 'The Iranian people voted
Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani has been inaugurated as president of Iran. It what may be seen as a breakthrough between Iran and the west, Rowhani's election follows eight years of sanctions and nettlesome diplomatic relations under the leadership of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"The Iranian people voted 'yes' to moderation," newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani declared in a speech. "The Iranian people want to live free."
Rowhani officially became president after receiving the formal endorsement of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who handed power to him at a ceremony at the leader's compound. Former presidents Ahmadinejad and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani were also in attendance.
Former President Mohammad Khatami, a key supporter in Rowhani's bid to become president, was not present at the ceremony.
"I want to restore hope to the Iranian people and fix the economy and get rid of these cruel sanctions," Rowhani said after the ceremony. The new president was referring to the U.S.-led sanctions imposed on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
Khamenei said Rowhani has expressed his desire to seek a "logical relationship" with the Western powers, "and I support him."
Reiterating his message, Rowhani said "I want to engage with the West but with mutual respect and trust."
Those in the West have watched Rowhani in the hopes of more moderate leadership in Iran. Under Ahmadinejad, Iran grew more isolated and came under stringent United Nations, U.S. and European Union sanctions over its nuclear program.
Rowhani won 50.7 percent of the vote in the June 14 election, making a second round of voting unnecessary.
Expected nominees for his proposed cabinet are veteran retired diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, tapped for the foreign ministry, and ex-oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh for the same portfolio. Rowhani's proposed cabinet is largely made up of reform minded or moderate technocrats, many of whom served in the governments of former presidents Rafsanjani and Khatami.
In particular, Zarif is American-educated, speaks fluent English and served from 2002 to 2007 as Iran's ambassador to the United Nations.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Middle East News
- WARNING GRAPHIC: Supposed 'US spy' is crucified in Yemen
- Amazing Stone Age masks go on display in Jerusalem
- 3,300 year old Selfie? Silver earrings from Biblical era discovered in northern Israel
- Syria to replace Afghanistan as nation with highest refugee population
- New film draws attention to plight of Christians in the Middle East
- Latest death toll in Syrian civil war: More than 140,000
- Barrel bombs used in Aleppo send Syrians fleeing for their lives
- Only Catholic Church appears able to aid starving population of Homs, Syria
- Demolition of Palestinian homes spikes on eve peace negotiations
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?
When this rosary was presented to me for photography, I was in awe. ... Read More