In Iran’s 2013 Presidential elections, Hassan Rohani won 50.7 percent of the vote to secure an outright victory. With voter turnout estimated at 72% from over 50 million eligible voters, this was an impressive result and resulted in him becoming the 7th President of Iran in August 2013. Rouhani has held many high-level positions such as the deputy speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis – Iranian Parliament), and the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. Rouhani is also an accomplished scholar and has written 20 books (in Persian, Arabic and English). His personality as well as his policies have opened up international dialogue over various contentious issues including the nuclear issue. The recently concluded deal regarding dropping of sanctions for monitoring and restriction of Iran’s nuclear programme has been a major breakthrough.
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