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"We are waiting for the new U.S. administration to find stability and continuity in its policies", Rouhani said. Moreover, Trump's words are already being matched by action: in both Yemen and Syria the United States has recently stepped up its military role.

Shahriar Kia, a human rights activist and political analyst, wrote an op-ed for Practical Policking, in which he assessed that far from uniting the country the result of the Iranian Elections, only caused further cracks in the fa├žade of democracy.

Many people on social media mocked Sanders for her tweet, noting that the senator's wife did not mention the publicized issues with Iran's electoral system. He called on the world to isolate Iran.

OPEC has a meeting scheduled for Thursday, and the organization is expected to extend an accord, reached with several non-OPEC countries as well, to control production by nine months to next March.

In addition to increasing the voter turnout numbers during his speech, which can not be independently verified, Rouhani also focused on the lack of an election in the land of its arch-enemy, Saudi Arabia.

"It was a phenomenal trip, phenomenally successful...history was made, it was the first visit by a president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as his first trip overseas", the foreign minister said. More than 70 percent of Iran's 56 million voters cast their ballots, giving Rouhani 57 percent of the vote. He can afford it: Iran remains rich in oil and gas, and the rising imperium of China is interested in it.

Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday.

"In many conflicts in the region, Iran plays a hard role, especially in Iraq and Syria", Mr Gabriel told a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

These moves were met with fierce protest from conservative hard-liners, who blasted the president for attempting to barter away the country's natural resources. In that case, sanctions will not be easily lifted.

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Writer was the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and Foreign Minister of Spain.

Yet, the White House renewed sanctions relief for Iran last week. But hard-liners may step up their opposition and push back actual tenders, which still have no schedule set. The Russian leader expressed his confidence that the sides will continue active joint work to develop Russian-Iranian cooperation.

Rouhani has been a successful president, at both the domestic and global levels, so far. This argument is unsophisticated and fails to accurately examine Iran's political establishment.

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran?"

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2017. Iranian leaders feared that this could lead to war with the US.

However, Rouhani's second term is unlikely to be easy.

No woman has ever been allowed to run for Iran's presidency.

In 2016, prominent Iranian conservative Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel claimed that the government had violated the law during parliamentary elections, but without documentation to substantiate his claim.


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