Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani pledges economic reform after avoiding run-off in election
- Year: 2013
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Today, Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rouhani said that improving the country’s economy would be a top priority for his administration. Speaking in Tehran, Rouhani also pledged greater openness of Iran’s nuclear program, but said suspending enrichment would not be an option.
Rouhani won the election with just over 52 percent of the vote, thus avoiding a run-off, according to Iran’s Interior Minister who announced the results Saturday.
Current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will officially step down in August and Rouhani faces several challenges as he prepares for the transition in the coming months.
For more, we’re joined by Hadi Ghaemi, director with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The organization has been monitoring the pre-election and the voting at multiple sites in the country. Hadi Ghaemi joins us from the Netherlands.