Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Iran's Hassan Rouhani leads initial count in presidential election

Rouhani also said last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world, adding this would lead to much-needed economic progress.

"Democracy in Iran is allowed to bloom only a few days every four years, while autocracy is evergreen".

Rouhani defeated rivals in a landslide, winning about 57 percent of the vote. "Raisi got 15.8 million votes". He has been unable to secure the release of those arrested because supreme leader Ali Khamanei holds the ultimate vetoing power for all policies and decisions. That's when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and protesters in Iran attacked two of the kingdom's diplomatic posts.

'The problem is that the Americans do not know our region and those who advise United States officials are misleading them'.

Tillerson, who is accompanying US President on his Saudi Arabia trip, also hoped Rouhani restores freedom of speech in his country and puts an end to ballistic missile testing. Domestic social reforms were largely ignored.

That agreement, which Rouhani and his Cabinet clinched during his first term, constrains Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for global sanctions relief.

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"The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is", Rouhani said in response to a question from The Associated Press.

The sweep means reformists can replace Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, who had been a presidential candidate before withdrawing to support Raisi. The president, known for decades as a conciliatory figure, remade himself on the campaign trail as a reformist political street fighter, accusing hardliners of brutality and corruption in language that frequently strained at the boundaries of what is permitted in Iran.

On the other hand, Rouhani will boost interest among European governments and companies for keeping Iran open for business if he can offer oil-development contracts now, the consultant said.

"So many young, attractive innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life", Trump said, echoing the theme he presented during his meetings with Arab leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"Buying arms or building weapons won't make a country powerful". The Saudis are Iran's biggest enemies in the region and are expected to push hard for Trump to turn his back on the nuclear deal.



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