Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran

By Parisa Hafezi and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI/LONDON, May 22 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism of the Islamic Republic from US President Donald Trump who is visiting the region. Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries on […]

Iran hardliners sulk after Rouhani win, say they must be heard

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, May 21 : Iranian hardliners indignant at President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election vowed today to press their conservative agenda, with some saying his caustic campaign trail attacks on their candidate would bring a backlash. Rouhani won decisively with 57 per cent of the vote on Friday, with promises of more engagement with […]

US calls on Iran to halt support for ‘destabilizing forces’

By Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, May 20 : The United States today said it hoped Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s newly re-elected president, will halt his country’s support for “destabilizing forces”, end ballistic missile tests and carry out democratic reforms during his second term. “We hope that if Rouhani wanted to change Iran’s relationship with […]

Trump likely to keep pressure on Iran after Rouhani election win -experts

By Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, May 20 : The re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is unlikely to change the skepticism with which he is viewed by the Trump administration as the public face of a government opposed to US interests and allies in the Middle East, former US officials and analysts said. […]

Iranians demanding change deliver emphatic victory for Rouhani

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT, May 20 : Iranians yearning for more freedom at home and less isolation abroad have emphatically re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, throwing down a challenge to the conservative clergy that still holds ultimate sway. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli declared Rouhani’s victory today on state TV, citing figures giving Rouhani […]

Rouhani forges clear lead Iran presidential race, expected to win

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT, May 20 : President Hassan Rouhani has taken an unbeatable lead in Iran’s presidential election, an Iranian official source told Reuters today, citing an early unofficial tally, and is set to hand an emphatic defeat to his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi. In a briefing for reporters, interior ministry […]