Iran presidency: Hassan Rouhani elected to succeed Ahmadinejad
By DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL
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Iran Poll & Hassan Rouhani
In a surprise way, 65 year old nuke expert Hassan Rouhani has won the presidential campaign in iran- the target of western rogue states. Iranian democracy has enabled a smooth transition of power to succeed fire-brand but simple living president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who remained the main attraction in any international summit. .
Moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani secured victory in presidential election on Friday the 15th June with over 50% of the vote.. 72% of the 50 million eligible Iranians turned out at the polls. The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, along with Ahmadinejad, congratulated Rouhani. Tehran’s mayor, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, also conceded defeat by sending a congratulatory message to the president-elect. Other candidates did the same. Minutes after he was announced as the winner, thousands of jubilant campaigners and people across Iran poured into streets to celebrate.
Rouhani, a PhD graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University and a former nuclear negotiator, has pledged to find a way out of the current stalemate over Iran’s nuclear programme, which is the cause of the sanctions crushing the economy. Rouhani, who favours a policy of political openness, as well as re-establishing relations with the west, is likely to soothe international tension. He has been described by western officials as an “experienced diplomat and politician” and “fair to deal with”.
Rouhani served as the chief nuclear negotiator under the former president Mohammad Khatami. Under his watch, Iran agreed to halt uranium enrichment and was more co-operative with the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Organisation. During Rouhani’s term as a nuclear negotiator, Iran appeared more co-operative to the international community and, leading up to Friday’s poll, he repeatedly pointed out that on his watch Iran’s nuclear dossier was not referred to the UN security council. During the campaign, Rouhani repeatedly noted that on his watch Iran’s nuclear dossier was not referred to the UN Security Council and no major sanctions were imposed.
Although the only cleric among the eight candidates allowed to stand for election, the 65-year-old is seen as a pro-reform moderate figure. He has positioned himself as a moderate figure favouring political openness and improved relations with the west. He has pledged to find a way out of the stalemate over Iran’s nuclear programme that led the west to impose tough sanctions. “It is good to have centrifuges running, provided people’s lives and livelihoods are also running,” Rouhani said during a TV debate.
Significantly, the government had not endorsed any of the candidates. The endorsement of Rouhani earlier in the week by reformist leaders Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani injected last-minute excitement into the race, boosting his chances. The 65-year-old was the only cleric among the six presidential candidates.
The turnout for Friday’s vote was so high that polling stations stayed open for five hours longer than planned. Speaking after casting his vote in Tehran, spiritual leader Khamenei had urged a mass turnout to rebut suggestions by American officials that the election enjoyed little legitimacy. “I recently heard that someone at the US national security council said, ‘We do not accept this election in Iran’,” he said. “We don’t give a damn.” Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Rouhani’s deputy in Iran’s national security council between 1997 to 2005, and a spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, said the early results showed that people in Iran were desperate for a change in the country’s foreign and economic policies.
The public support of Rafsanjani and Khatami and withdrawal of Mohammad-Reza Aref from the race had a major role in Rouhani’s win. Khatami and Rafsanjani played a significant role in Rouhani’s victory by holding off declarations of support and persuading a candidate Aref to drop out to avoid a split vote.
Britain urged Iran’s new president to set his country on a “different course” after years of deadlock and dispute with the west. The Foreign Office said that it hoped Rouhani would use his victory to engage with international concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and develop a “constructive” relationship with the wider international community. The former British foreign secretary Jack Straw knows Rouhani and described him as “warm and engaging”. “This is a remarkable and welcome result so far and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no jiggery-pokery with the final result,” he said. “What this huge vote of confidence in Rouhani appears to show is a hunger by the Iranian people to break away from the arid and self-defeating approach of the past and for more constructive relations with the west.” He added: “On a personal level I found him warm and engaging. He is a strong Iranian patriot and he was tough but fair to deal with and always on top of his brief.” Trita Parsi, of the National Iranian American Council, said: “Though hardliners remain in control of key aspects of Iran’s political system, the centrists and reformists have proven that even when the cards are stacked against them, they can still prevail due to their support among the population.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “It is our hope that the Iranian government will heed the will of the Iranian people and make responsible choices that create a better future for all Iranians.”
In 2009, when Ahmadinejad won his second term, the opposition Green movement, popped up and provoked by US led western terrocracies that sought to destabilize Tehran and make life conditions of Iranians more difficult, made big noise about the validity of poll and even claimed bogus victory. However people of Iran defeated all these vicious intentions again tn iran.
Today’s elections all over the world, even in USA and UK, are fake and about choosing between bad and worse. Between devils and evil forces. Many corporatist strategists defending rampant corruption, bribery, sta crimes ems, illegal invasions for alien lands and resources, killing ing millions of Muslims worldwide and stealing their resources, especially much needed energy sources, say “voting is a national duty and a right given to you by God.”
Threatened by top world terrocracies for energy resources and pursuing anti-islamism objectives, Iran is on the brink of an extraordinary political transformation after the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani sensationally secured enough votes to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani’s victory delighted reformers who have been desperate for a return to the forefront of politics after eight acrimonious years under Ahmadinejad. It will also lift the spirit of a nation suffering from its worst financial crisis for at least two decades as a result of the sanctions imposed by western powers in the dispute over its nuclear program.
The Iranian currency, the rial, recovered its value against the dollar by more 6% as results were announced in Rouhani’s favour. Rouhani issued a statement on television, saying “a new season of solidarity” had begun following a result that brought “rationality and moderation” as well as “peace, stability and hope”.
Now iranians need peace. Both non-Muslim nations and anti-Islamic countries must now give up their tirade against iran and help iranians rebuild their economy, shattered by western rogue states and their reliable, rather faithful, agents in Tehran.
Sunni Arab world should shelve their enmity towards Iran and help islam flourish and Muslim live in peace. Saudi regime should the US agentship forthwith and behave!.
Strangely enough, non-Muslims are growing controlling Muslim nations. Sunni world is responsible for that funny phenomenon.
د. عبد راف
Anti-Islamic forces are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by anti-Islam rogue agencies. Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism”