Rouhani: Rival Constituencies

Alireza Nader

Hassan Rouhani now faces the hard part. Iran’s president-elect won a decisive and surprising victory because he appealed to three conflicting constituencies— conservatives, reformists exiled from the political system, and Iranians dissatisfied with the status quo. Now his ability to govern will depend on satisfying disparate factions. Each has its own set of expectations—and each is also intent on coming out on top.
      Rouhani may be able to deliver results precisely because he is an insider. Since the 1979 revolution, he has served in some of the Islamic Republic’s highest positions. Before his 2013 election, Rouhani was Iran’s national security advisor for 16 years and then head of a government think tank. So he has close ties to Iran’s military and national security establishment. Rouhani has also been a deputy speaker of parliament and a member of the Assembly of Experts ― the only constitutional body with the authority to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader. Among 686 candidates who registered, he was one of only eight allowed to run for the presidency. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Rouhani College Thesis: Islam Flexible


      As a graduate student in Scotland, President-elect Hassan Rouhani wrote about two deeply debated issues: the flexibility of Islamic law and the separation of powers in an Islamic democracy. His work in the mid-1990s echoes many of the reformist ideas at the time.
Glasgow Caledonian University released abstracts from his master’s and doctoral degrees shortly after his election in response to new public interest. Rouhani attended the Scottish university under his birth-name Hassan Feridon. Rouhani, which means “spiritual,” was added after he became a cleric. The following are abstracts with links.   Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Today: Presidential Election — Censoring An Iranian Campaign Story

Presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani criticises State broadcaster IRIB


Mehr News reports this morning that the Electoral Campaign Regulatory Body has censored parts of Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili’s latest campaign video:

The news is the latest apparent incident of state censorship of candidates — either directly by blocking websites or editing footage of speeches — since campaigning began. The censorship has affected principlist candidates loyal to the Supreme Leader — notably Jalili but also former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaei — as well as moderate candidate Rouhani.

Moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani has spoken out against Iran’s State broadcaster IRIB, which he said prevented candidates from presenting their policies and opinions properly.

Presidential candidate Rezaei complained that his website was temporary blocked and that parts of a televised campaign speech — specifically, a story he told about a man whose family was affected by unemployment — was edited out.

The televised speech of Reformist candidate Mohammad-Reza Aref was similarly censored. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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