Hassan Rouhani Wins Iran's Presidential
June 16, 2013
The Iranian nation elected Hassan Rouhani as the Islamic Republic's
president for the next 4 years.
Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa
Mohammad Najjar announced Saturday evening that from a total number of
36,704,156 ballots cast in Iran's 11th presidential election on Friday
June 14, Rouhani won 18,613,329 votes, accounting for 52.49% of the
votes cast in the election, while his main rival Mohammad Qalibaf could
secure only 6,077,292 votes.
Hassan Rouhani, born on November
12, 1948, is an Iranian politician and Shiite Jurisprudent.
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 (SNSC) since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research
Rouhani has been also vice-speaker of the 4th and
5th terms of the Iranian Parliament and secretary of the SNSC from 1989
Rouhani was the country's top negotiator with the world
powers on Iran's nuclear program for 16 years.
negotiator and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Saeed
Jalili stood 3rd with 4,168,946 votes.
Former Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander and current Expediency Council Secretary
Mohsen Rezayee Mir-Qaed secured 3,884,412 votes and ranked 4th in the
race for the Islamic Republic's top executive post.
former Foreign Minister and Supreme Leader's senior Advisor for
International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati gained 2,268,753 votes and
former Iranian Oil and Telecommunications Minister Seyed Mohammad Qarazi
came last with 446,015 ballots cast in his favor.
Ministry's election headquarters said turnout among the electorate was
It also said spoilt votes stood at 1,245,409.
A number of 50,483,192 people were eligible to vote in the
elections. 1.6 million youths came to be eligible to vote for the first
time in their lives as the voting age in Iran is above 18 according to
The 11th presidential and the 4th city and village
councils elections were held at some 58,764 polling stations in Iran and
96 other world countries on Friday.
Campaigning for the June 14
presidential election kicked off in Iran on May 22 after the Guardian
Council released the list of 8 qualified candidates, although only 6
remained for the race.
The qualified candidates represented a
wide range of political streams from Principlists to reformists.
MP: High Public Turnout in Elections to Solve Many Foreign
June 16, 2013
The spirited public turnout in the Friday elections will help Iran
resolve many of its foreign policy issues, member of the Parliament's
National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmayeel Kowsari
"The magnificent and spirited large public turnout
will certainly (help) settle a large number of problems, including those
in the area of foreign policy," Kowsari told FNA on Saturday.
The parliamentarian referred to the broad coverage given by the foreign
media to the epical presence of the Iranian nation in the yesterday
elections, and said people's full-scale presence on the scene introduced
them as a role model at international level.
"Any president with
such a strong backing can raise his demands very decisively in the world
and pursue Iran's national interests at both the regional and
He also pointed to the impacts of the
people's large turnout in the yesterday election on the western threats
against Iran, and said that after observing the extent of the Iranian
nation's support for their leader, "the enemies will definitely revise
their policy of threatening Iran".
Polling was heavy since the
very beginning. Reports from various media outlets said Friday morning
that large numbers of people had queued behind closed doors before
polling stations opened.
Thousands of additional ballot papers
were sent to various Iranian cities after local electoral authorities
from different constituencies across the country asked the Interior
Ministry to send them more papers due to the unexpectedly large public
Observers said turnout among the electorate was 75 percent.
Foreign reporters and journalists covering the elections were
astounded to see large crowds standing in long queues at polling
The BBC reporter said he has sighted areas with high
public turnout and long queues of voters.
"There were very, very
long queues on Sajjad Street in the eastern city of Mashhad," a BBC
Tehran Bureau correspondent reported.
"Both the women's and
men's lines were overflowing. People were very excited and optimistic.
They were talking about Ayatollah Khamenei's speech after he voted," he
Speaker: Iran Not to Partake in Geneva II Conference If
June 16, 2013
Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani underlined the
necessity for the settlement of the Syrian crisis through talks, but
cautioned that Tehran would not take part in the Geneva II conference on
Syria in Switzerland if Israel is invited to the international
"If Israel takes part in the Geneva II conference,
Iran will never participate in it," Larijani said in an interview with
al-Mayadeen news channel on Saturday.
He stressed that Iran
believes in the necessity of the political settlement of the Syrian
problem, and said violence and crisis in the Muslim country merely
serves the interests of the Zionist regime, the US and other western
"Iran only believes in the settlement of the Syrian
crisis through the ballot box," Larijani underscored, and stressed, "The
Syrian government enjoys more legitimacy than some other regimes (in the
Earlier this month, a prominent Syrian legislator
underlined that Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II
"Iran, as a key player in the regional political
scenes and a major state both at regional and international levels,
should attend the Geneva II Conference to be held in Switzerland in
July," member of the Syrian Parliament Walid Al-Zaabi said.
described Iran as true friend of the Syrian people and government.
Late in May, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that
Iran should take part in the upcoming Geneva II Conference.
"This issue is not related to the Syrians alone, as there are a number
of foreign players involved at that crisis as well, and therefore,
Iran's presence at that conference is of key importance for us," Lavrov
"In my talks with the US and French foreign ministers John
Kerry and Lauran Fabio aimed at solving the ambiguities about the
combination of participating countries at Geneva II International
Conference on Syria I gained their approval on need for revising their
former decision," he added.
Also in May, Iranian Foreign
Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that Tehran is likely
to take part in the Geneva II Conference on Syria if the co-hosts, the
US and Russia, invite it to the international gathering.
Geneva II Conference is held and if Iran is invited, we will study our
presence with a positive view," Araqchi said at the time.