June 16, 2013
Iranian President-Elect Rohwani on the Sublimity of Khomeini's 'Model'
Shiite cleric Hasan Rohwani has been elected as Iran's next president from amongst a slate of ruling Ayatollah "guardian council"-approved candidates. Hassan Rowhani has a lengthy history in Iranian politics, served as the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council for more than 16 years. He was also a former deputy speaker of the parliament. During the Mohammad Khatami's Presidency, in 2003, Rowhani became Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. Rowhani maintained the post for two years before being replaced by Ali Larijani when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assumed the presidency in 2005. He is also a member of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council, an advisory body to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as the Assembly of Experts, a body vested with power to elect and remove the Supreme Leader. Rowhani is reputed to be close to both Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of Expediency Discernment Council. Until...(Read Full Post)