The Nuclear Negotiators' Battle

Voters in Iran casted their ballots on June 14, 2013 for the country's next president, a man who will play a pivotal role in foreign and nuclear policy and who must also address economic challenges worsened by sanctions and international isolation.

Iran's president is the country's highest official after the Supreme Leader and is responsible for implementing the Constitution and acting as the head of the executive, except in matters directly concerned with (the office of) the Leadership. last President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is unable to stand as three consecutive terms in office are not allowed in Iran.

Rouhani, 65, a cleric and moderate politician, who enjoyed reformist backing, took more than 50% of the vote, according to the interior ministry. Three of the six candidates were much more conservative, and the Iranian public viewed Rouhani as a mild alternative going into the vote. Rouhani has expressed support for the Green Movement. "These were protests that were natural and popular," he has said.