New Delhi: In the Iranian Presidential election, which was held on June 14, moderate leader Hassan Rowhani (64) emerged victorious by securing 18.6 million votes out of the total 36.7 million votes cast. Now the entire world community is keen to see that in which direction Rowhani will lead the country after assuming the office in August.

Rowhani’s ascension to the country’s top post marks the end of hard-line leadership under the outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Rowhani has a long history in Iranian politics. He has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Expediency Council since 1991, member of the Supreme National Security Council since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992.

Rowhani has also been the Deputy Speaker of the 4th and 5th Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis). Rowhani served as the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council for more than 16 years. Before his election to the Presidency, he was leading the Tehran-based think tank, the Center for Strategic Research.

He is also a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, an advisory body to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Rowhani is a member of the Assembly of Experts, a body vested with authority to elect and remove the Supreme Leader.

It is also believed that Rowhani is very close to both – the Supreme Leader and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of Expediency Discernment Council.

In 2003, when Mohammad Khatami was the President, Rowhani became Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator. In 2005, he was replaced by Ali Larijani when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the Presidency.

The President of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.


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