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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been in office since August, 2013, after winning a landslide election victory. He defeated conservative rival Ebrahim Raisi, who also criticized the international nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S.
He is a former provincial governor of Tehran and former speaker of the Assembly of Experts. He became the fourth nuclear negotiator in Tehran’s second-ever nuclear negotiations in 1995. He then served as Iran’s foreign minister, starting in 2005. He is one of the ayatollahs’ core group of close allies and is critical of U.S. policy on Iran.
Rouhani is an 80-year-old cleric from the Qom area and has an enormous family, including seven sons and daughters. He serves as spiritual leader of the family and holds spiritual authority to marry and to preside over their ritual ceremonies.
Rouhani was the president of Iran’s Grand Azar Assembly of Experts from 1991-1993, where he played a key role in ensuring that the assembly’s original 14 members, out of 80, would retain their seats. The regime’s conservative establishment, which at the time took control of the assembly, would not let the parliament change the makeup of the body even after years of reform attempts.
He also serves as a member of the Iranian supreme religious council, which has primary power in Iran over all state affairs including national security, foreign policy and the economy.
Hassan Rouhani on President Trump: “Today’s United States is worse than the Iran of today”
Hassan Rouhani on the protests against Iran: “The issue is a tragedy and should be stopped”
Hassan Rouhani on the Iranian elections: “The election has to be fair and transparent”
Hassan Rouhani on nuclear deal: “Our nuclear program is the right of the Iranian people, and we have the right to use this capacity”
Hassan Rouhani on world reaction to the election in Iran: “We saw that Europe, the U.S. administration, and Israeli security threats against Iran had transformed the face of the election”
Hassan Rouhani on expelling the U.S. embassy staff: “It’s not a secret, even in the halls of the United Nations, that the U.S. is taking the opposite directions with regards to the nuclear agreement and is working to reverse it”
Hassan Rouhani on reviving Iran’s economy and reconnecting with the world: “Those in favor of signing a deal with America should study the reality”