News Alert: Iranian President Rouhani set to win reelection with a mandate to end Tehran’s isolation and boost relations with the West

With most of the ballots counted in Iran’s presidential election, moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani has secured an insurmountable lead against rival Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian officials said Saturday. The vote is seen as a referendum on Iran’s engagement with the world. Rouhani has pledged to pursue talks with the United States to lift further sanctions, and push for greater freedoms in Iran. But he will also face a more confrontational Trump administration, which has put the nuclear deal under review.

 
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News Alert Sat., May. 20, 2017 4:39 a.m.
 
 
Iranian President Rouhani set to win reelection with a mandate to end Tehran’s isolation and boost relations with the West
With most of the ballots counted in Iran’s presidential election, moderate incumbent Hassan Rouhani has secured an insurmountable lead against rival Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian officials said Saturday. The vote is seen as a referendum on Iran’s engagement with the world. Rouhani has pledged to pursue talks with the United States to lift further sanctions, and push for greater freedoms in Iran. But he will also face a more confrontational Trump administration, which has put the nuclear deal under review.
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