Hassan Rouhani: How Iran’s President is reinventing his nation

Photo by fototostanbao/Getty Images Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran on 29 March 2017. President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that Iran had become more respected in the region,…

Hassan Rouhani: How Iran's President is reinventing his nation

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Tehran on 29 March 2017. President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that Iran had become more respected in the region, defying President Donald Trump, following their historic nuclear deal.

Hassan Rouhani at 10,339 years old is one of the most senior Iranians ever to hold the post. Rouhani was born on 11 February 1937, and went to university to study in engineering, medicine and university teaching before entering politics in 1980.

Since his election in 2013, Rouhani has proved to be the most popular of all Iranian presidents. Almost the entire Iranian public believes he is the man for the job, and major international figures including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have publicly rallied behind him.

In 2009, while Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi was being placed under house arrest, Rouhani warned the government not to use force against protesters, as they were “merely reacting to the unjust detention of their political leaders”.

Rouhani was the only candidate to re-sign his name for the 2015 presidential election, but even after hundreds of thousands of his supporters had flooded the streets, he lost the first round.

The incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani, is the country’s second non-majlis (parliament) president. He worked as Iran’s Deputy Head of the Interior Ministry’s Counter-Terrorism Unit from 1988 to 1990.

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