Rohani swears in as Iran's new president

Rohani swears in as Iran's new president
Mon Aug 5, 2013 10:24:45

Hassan Rohani has taken the oath of office as the new president of Iran at the Iranian Parliament, one day after being endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Iranian lawmakers and senior officials as well as foreign dignitaries attended the swearing-in ceremony in Tehran on Sunday.

Rohani, whose four-year tenure officially started on Sunday, takes over from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Delegations from over 50 countries attended Rohani’s inauguration ceremony. Among the foreign dignitaries present were 10 presidents, six vice-presidents, two prime ministers, eight parliament speakers as well as several prominent former officials.
Former European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, and former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also took part in the ceremony as special guests.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Kubish also participated in the event as the representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

During his swearing-in ceremony, the new Iranian president called on Western governments to “speak to Iran not with the language of sanctions, but with the language of respect.”

The new chief executive noted that the only way for interaction with Iran is “dialogue on equal footing, mutual confidence-building, mutual respect, and reduction of hostilities,” adding that his policy would be based on “reducing tensions, mutual confidence-building, and constructive interaction” with the world.

At the end of the ceremony, Rohani also unveiled the proposed list of nominees for his cabinet.

“As the people created a political epic following their vote, a real enthusiasm has been created in the society and now everybody wants the problems of the country to be solved,” said a representative of clerics in parliament, Jafar Fathalizadeh.

Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million ballots. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent.


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