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.
Saeed Jalili, in the office of the Supreme National Security Council, three years before the election, in 2010.
Rowhani, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, and Mr. Khatami, the fifth President of Iran, talking together in the funeral of Mahmood Broujerdi, Ruhollah Khomeini's son in law, in 2011.
Men attending a campaign rally in support the Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, in a campaign rally, two days prior to the election.
Men attending a campaign rally in support the Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, two days prior to the election.
Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, worshiping in Shah-Abdol-Azim Shrine before casting his vote.
Iranian presidential candidate, Saeed Jalili, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, casting his vote at a polling station downtown.
Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani, a former Iran's top nuclear negotiator, after casting his vote at a polling station downtown.
People celebrating in streets as moderate Hasan Rowhani was declared the winner of Iran's presidential vote after gaining support among many reform-minded Iranians looking to claw back a bit of ground after years of crackdowns.
People light candles and write some notes in the hope that Mir-Hossein Mousavi will be released in the new government. He is an artist, architect and a reformist candidate for the 2009 presidential election who is currently under house arrest as he refused the result of the election.