Current Event Cat of the Day: Hassan Rouhani

Current Event Cat - Hassan Meowhani

There’s a new Mahmoud in town and his name is Hassan Rouhani.

A day after the polls closed, Iranian authorities announced that Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator, won the presidential election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with 50.7% of the votes.

Hassan Rouhani was considered the most moderate of the six candidates – although being the most moderate candidate approved by Iran’s ultra conservative Guardian Council is kind of like being the smartest kid with downs syndrome. Nevertheless, the Iranian people were pretty pumped about the election, erupting into street parties celebrating Hassan Rouhani’s campaign pledges to bring more freedom and better relations with the outside world.

Rouhani thanked Iranians for “choosing moderation” and vowed he would deliver on his election promises. What were his election promises? In a nutshell:

  • Restore diplomatic ties with Iran’s arch nemesis: the United States
  • Free political prisoners and guarantee civil rights
  • More transparency in Iran’s nuclear programs
  • Uranium enrichment activities are still ok – keep them going
  • The Syria situation is Syria’s problem, not Iran’s!
  • Improve the economy (a no brainer!)

Well that’s all lovely but in reality Iran’s president has limited powers. The key policy decisions (mainly in the areas of nuclear weapons, defense and foreign affairs) are generally made by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  – hence his title of Supreme Leader.

Via: BBC News & Current Event Cats

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