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The international community seemed relieved that Hassan Rouhani will soon replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With 18,6 million votes, the former secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (1989-2005) Mr. Rouhani was elected on June 15 with 50,71% of the total votes, three times the votes of his main rival and Tehran's Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
According to observers, the election of Mr. Rouhani marked a comeback of the "moderates" who were under strong political pressure since the latest presidential elections of 2009. Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1997) and the "reformists" will likely have strong influence on the policies and members of Mr. Rouhani's government, in addition to former President Mohammad Khatami. Mr. Rafsanjani entered the race for the presidential election but his candidacy was finally disqualified by the Guardian Council on May 21.
"If a reliable character, who has domestic and international acceptability, has been chosen by people, we might be hopeful that after a hard and effortful period, domestic and international problems (will be) solved, gradually," Mr. Rafsanjani wrote on May 25. Strengthened by the high turnout at the polls (72.2%), Mr. Rouhani will take office on August 3. Will Mr. Rouhani be this "reliable character"?
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