Wednesday , 29 November 2023


Iran President Rouhani Wins Second Term

VOA – Iran has returned President Hassan Rouhani to office. State television Saturday declared Rouhani the winner of the presidential vote, easily beating out his closest opponent, hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. With nearly all the votes counted, Rouhani won well over half of the votes among the four candidates. Massive voter turnout Friday prompted election authorities to extend voting hours …

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Polls Open in Iran: the Rivalry of Moderates and Hardliners

Radiozamaneh – A presidential race in Iran that began with six candidates is now narrowed down to two main candidates: the moderate President Hassan Rouhani and the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi. On Friday 19 May, the voting stations across Iran open their doors to voters who will choose Iran’s next president as well as their local City and Village councils. Rouhani …

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U.S. Extends Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief, Adds Other Sanctions

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is extending sanctions relief for Iran that was granted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, while imposing new economic penalties over Iranian ballistic-missile activity. The State Department says it is telling Congress it will continue to waive sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. The decision comes just before the Obama …

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Khamenei: It does not matter who will become president, the winner is the regime

Al-arabia – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that it is not important who will become president after Iran’s presidential election on Friday. He believed it was only important that Wilayat al-Faqih system should win by raising the level of voter participation in the ballot. According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Khamenei stated in a speech on Wednesday, “In …

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Rouhani Criticizes Revolutionary Guard in Firey Speech

CHRI – Rouhani Criticizes Revolutionary Guard in Firey Speech During his last campaign rally on May 17 in the city of Mashhad–the hometown of his main rival Ebrahim Raisi–Rouhani accused the powerful Revoluntionary Guard and Basij paramilitary forces of interfering in the political process: “We like the Revolutionary Guard and the Basij militia. All we are asking is to carry …

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Iranian Opposition Leader Musavi Announces Will Vote For Rohani

RFL/RE – Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, will vote for President Hassan Rohani in Iran’s election on May 19, according to the opposition website Kalameh. The website reported on May 16 that Musavi has requested that security forces bring a mobile ballot box to his residence so that he can cast …

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Turkey’s Erdogan Expected To Press Trump On Syria, Gulen, Iran Case

RFL/RE – In a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to press the United States to refrain from arming Syrian Kurdish rebels that Ankara considers to be terrorists. The White House meeting comes amid intense and complex international diplomacy over the war in Syria, where Turkey and the United States …

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Qalibaf Quits Iran’s Presidential Race, Backs Hard-Line Cleric Raisi

RFL/RE – Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has withdrawn from Iran’s presidential race to back hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi. In a May 15 statement published by Iranian media, Qalibaf said the decision was vital for the “preservation of the interests of the people, the revolution, and the country.” Qalibaf called on his supporters to vote for Raisi on May 19. …

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Iran Earthquake Leaves 2 Dead, Hundreds Injured

VOA – A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has hit the Iranian city of Pishqaleh in North Khorasan province, killing two people and injuring at least 225 more, according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency. The Red Crescent Society said 37 search and rescue teams were sent to the quake-hit region Saturday, immediately after the earthquake struck. Eighty percent of the injured and …

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