Election Results Hint at New World For Iran

Monday, June 17, 2013

A new week possibly brings Iran into a whole new world with the victory of the cleric Hassan Rowhani, the country's newly elected president.

Rowhani, the reform candidate, won more than 50% of the vote to replace current Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week. It was a surprise result, but is it a rebuke—or even a challenge—to religious authorities who hold the real power in Iran?

While it's not clear yet, this electoral mandate could give Rowhani the chance to challenge the hold that religious leaders have had on Iranian politics since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council, weighs in on the victory of this reformist candidate.


Reza Marashi

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Dan from London, UK

Reza's the man, I love to hear his insight on Iran!

Jun. 17 2013 09:46 AM

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