Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/5/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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.'

"The Iranian people voted 'yes' to moderation," newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani declared in a speech. "The Iranian people want to live free."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/5/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iran, president, West, moderation, sanctions, Hassan Rowhani


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The Iranian people voted 'yes' to moderation," 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.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Middle East

As Houthis rebels advance on Aden, Yemeni president flees by boat Watch

Image of A Yemeni man says the child, pictured riding a horse, was killed in the Saudi air stirke in Sana'a this week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen are targeting military installations held by the Shia rebels. The militant factions swept into the country's south and drove Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee by sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hadi was ... continue reading


Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen dangerously clashing with archrival Iran Watch

Image of The greatest concern is that the conflict could evolve into a proxy war between Yemen and its neighbor Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni power, and Iran, the leading Shia power.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The momentous divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East has turned into open conflict in Yemen. There are widespread fears that this will draw other nations into a much wider war. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A Sunni coalition of Arab states ... continue reading


DRIVING MILITANTS OUT: Houthi positions in Yemen targeted by Saudi Arabia Watch

Image of The air campaign began at 7 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, according to Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Backed by other Gulf States and Egypt Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Houthi militants in Yemen. The airstrikes were in response to the Yemeni president fleeing his palace ahead of advancing fighters. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Saudi Arabia builds megacity in middle of desert at cost of $100 billion Watch

Image of KAEC has its own website showing plans for the city, including details on how to invest in its growth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The King Abdullah Economic City, or KAEC -- pronounced "cake," is being constructed by Saudi Arabia. The planned megacity in the desert will be slightly larger than Washington D.C. and home to approximately two million residents. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


'Death to America' Iran's Supreme Leader declares on even on nuclear weapon agreement Watch

Image of When the crowd started shouting,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the United States works with Iran for a comprehensive nuclear weapons treat, Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for "Death to America" this past weekend. It was contradictory news as it came shortly after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to ... continue reading


The Obama administration steps on more toes: U.S. moves from Israeli-Palestinian peace talks toward United Nations forced two-state resolution in Middle East crisis Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The continuous efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians to reach a peaceful agreement on land has potentially reached its peak. The United States is edging closer to supporting the United Nations Security Council in forcing a final peace settlement, a lasting two-state ... continue reading


Netanyahu takes overwhelming victory despite left-wing busing Arabs to polls during Israeli election Watch

Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a message posted on Facebook declared that left-wing non-governmental organizations, or NGOs and foreign governments attempted to influence the Israeli election. He says that these entities bussed Arabs to the polls.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a message posted on Facebook declared that left-wing non-governmental organizations, or NGOs and foreign governments were attempting to influence the upcoming Israeli election. He says that these entities intended to bus ... continue reading


'We will blacken your life and blow up your White House.' ISIS makes direct threats in new audio accepting Boko Haram's allegiance Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"We want, Allah willing, Paris before Rome and before Al-Andalus [Spain and Portugal], [and] after that we will blacken your life and blow up your White House, Big Ben, and the Eiffel Tower, Allah willing," Islamic State spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani warns in a ... continue reading


ISIS may hate the West - but loves our junk food! Watch

Image of Most of their meals seem to be washed down with an assortment of cavity-inducing sodas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Islamic State loves to videotape torture and mayhem to post to the shared outrage of the outside world. Now, ISIS has posted pictures glorifying their notoriously bad dietary standards. McDonald's food, sugary sodas, chocolate desserts are all on the menu for ... continue reading


Sickening new photos claim to show Iraqi troops torturing ISIS prisoners in 'revenge attacks' (Warning: Graphic Photos) Watch

Image of Horrific photos claim to show Iraqi troops imitating ISIS.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New sickening ISIS-related pictures have been made public. The various pictures show every type of torture ISIS has inflicted in previous propaganda videos and pictures. However, there is one detail that makes these new photos stand out among the others. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 15:1-39
1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, ... Read More

Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 29th, 2015 Image

St. Berthold
March 29: Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter