The Iranian election brought an unexpected victory for reformer Hassan Rouhani, marking not only the end of Ahmadinejad’s rule, but a watershed in Iranian domestic politics as well as in Tehran’s global standing and its troubled relations with the West.
Billionaire and media mogul Mikhail Prokhorov has promised to back one of the most bizarre figures of Russian politics, whose program includes introducing a visa regime in Moscow and replacing migrant workers with robots.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community not to ease pressure on Iran in order to curb its nuclear program. This comes in contrast with the international welcome to the election of a new president, Hassan Rouhani.
Now that moderate Iranian cleric Hassan Rouhani is set to assume the presidency, the West will have to get to the negotiating table to talk to Tehran in a serious fashion and resolve the problem of sanctions, Iranian journalist Hamid Reza Emadi told RT.
Anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny has become a candidate for Moscow mayor’s office. The elections will take place in September and will become the first mayoral elections in the Russian capital in 10 years.
Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's presidential election with just over 50 percent of votes, state TV reported. 72 percent of the 50 million Iranians turned out to vote, said Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar.