Reformist Rowhani surprises with Iran election win
Victor Kotsev and Jabeen Bhatti
June 15, 2013
The moderate-conservative candidate and victor in Iran’s presidential election, Hasan Rowhani, is known for his negotiating skill over the country’s nuclear weapons program and a reformist some hard-liners in Iran previously saw as too liberal and conciliatory, analysts say.
As a result, analysts predict Rowhani, who was declared the winner Saturday by Iran’s interior minister, might take the country’s top political post and bring hope to the country’s liberal classes but not wield any real power, especially on the nuclear issue.
“A president Rowhani would probably try to persuade the supreme leader that a deal on the nuclear issue would be in the interest of the Islamic Republic, especially if Rowhani believes that it is the only way to avoid a war,” said Bruno Tertrais, a senior researcher at Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. “But (Supreme Leader) Khamenei will remain the ultimate decision-maker.”
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Marc Anthony supports President Obama, will host fundraising concert & dinner
Barack Obama has yet another celebrity friend in Marc Anthony.
Marc Anthony is the latest Latino supporting President Barack Obama for re-election. The 43-year-old salsa singer publicly announced his support recently in a 30-second video for the Obama re-election campaign, which urges Latinos to vote for President Obama.
New President of Maldives Rejects Call for Elections
The newly installed president of the Maldives is rejecting calls for a new election following last week’s coup. Mohamed Waheed Hussain Manik replaced Mohamed Nasheed last week after what Nasheed described as an armed coup. Nasheed was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. On Sunday, Waheed said now was not the time for a new election.
Mohamed Waheed Hussain Manik: “I don’t agree that there is a need to go for a snap election at the moment, and we are not ready for it. The country is deeply divided. And we have—the political landscape has many potholes and deep rifts, and so these things have to be healed before we can actually have a meaningful free and fair election.”
Mohamed Nasheed has vowed to keep pushing for democracy in the Maldives.
Mohamed Nasheed: “I’m always worried about being arrested and beaten up and tortured. But we have to do what we have to do. I think the amount of the people that are always around us and the support that we are getting is creating a situation where it is very difficult for the police to drag me out.”