He returns to power in Iran. But victory is unlikely to smoothen the hurdles for his agenda
By re-electing Hassan Rouhani, Iranians have chosen not just a president, but the way forward
Hassan Rouhani was first elected president in 2013.
Friday’s vote was largely a referendum on Rouhani’s more moderate political policies, which paved the way for the landmark 2015 nuclear deal
Iran will vote for its new president on May 19.
Iran presidential elections: Out of the 137 women who registered to run, a total of zero were selected to be candidates.
Thursday’s huge truck bomb blast, claimed by the Islamic State group, ripped through a petrol station south of Baghdad where buses packed with pilgrims returning from the Shiite shrine city of Karbala were parked.
The two sides signed a total of 12 of agreements on economy, trade, transportation, port development, culture, science and academic cooperation.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit will mainly focus on connectivity and infrastructure, energy partnership with Tehran and boosting bilateral trade.
The outcome represents a significant realignment of competing factions in the Islamic republic, with conservative MPs losing their dominance and being outnumbered for the first time since 2004.
Results from Friday’s second ballot will decide who has the most power when lawmakers are sworn in next month
“The power of our armed forces is not against our southern, northern, eastern and western neighbours,” Rouhani said.
While Rouhani said further engagement with other countries was the key to economic growth, Khamenei insisted on the concept of a “resistance economy” centred on self-sufficiency.
According to Iran’s Interior Ministry, which gave the final results for the clerical assembly, moderates won 59 per cent of the seats in the body.
“We did everything we had to, we condemned” the attack, Rouhani said of the torching of the embassy earlier this month by demonstrators protesting the execution of a prominent cleric from Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority.