(TEHRAN, Iran) — In a surprising message of change, Hassan Rouhani was elected as the new president of Iran on Saturday.
Rouhani, considered the most moderate candidate on a ballot full of conservatives, will take over for former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was not allowed to run for another term after leading the country for the last eight years.
By winning 50.8 percent of the vote, Rouhani avoided a second round run-off election. He gained a much attention after indicating during his campaign that he would pursue a less confrontational foreign policy and would enact a “civil rights charter” in Iran.
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