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Foreign Officials Congratulate Rouhani on Election Win

Leaders and senior diplomats from around the world sent congratulatory messages to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on his re-election. Following President Rouhani’s victory in the Friday’s presidential election, congratulatory messages poured in from Western and Eastern leaders. In a message on Saturday, President of China Xi Jinping said Beijing attaches great significance to enhancement of […]

Polls Close in Iran, Interior Ministry Begins Ballot Count

The job of counting tens of millions of ballots in Iran’s presidential election got underway in the wee hours of Saturday as the voter turnout in one of the country’s most tightly contested presidential elections hit a record high. Polling stations across Iran closed at midnight after sixteen hours. The Interior Ministry had extended the […]

Video: Head-to-Head between Diplomacy and Resistance

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian voters will decide the fate of moderate President Hassan Rouhani and his policy of engagement with the West on Friday as he goes head-to-head with hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. While Iranians largely welcomed […]

Video: Has Rouhani succeeded in reforming Iran?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came into power in a landslide victory in 2013 on promises of reform and social and economic progress. Although Rouhani’s administration succeeded in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal, many […]

Will Rouhani be able to weather jobs crisis?

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Reza holds a degree in management but has since his graduation in 2011 failed to find a steady job. The 31-year-old, who lives in Tehran, has been driving the family’s car as an unlicensed cab […]

Iran’s Dark Horse Candidate for President

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Until just a few months ago, not many Iranians were familiar with the name Ebrahim Raisi. The 56-year-old cleric entered the game last year when he was appointed to head Iran’s largest charitable foundation, […]

Video: Ahmadinejad talks to Al Jazeera

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In a move that shocked Iranians and many in the international community, Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, registered to run in next month’s presidential election. He left office in August 2013, after two […]

Video: How does the President get Elected in Iran?

From PressTV. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Do you know how the president is elected in Iran? What are his prerogatives? And what qualifications are needed in order to be a presidential nominee? The following video gives you all the details:

Ahmadinejad is running for President in Iran … Again

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised everyone April 12 by registering to run in the May 19 presidential election, a move that could be interpreted as directly defying Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who […]

Will this Woman become Iran’s First Female President?

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and […]

How Trump is already shifting Domestic Politics in Iran

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Following a period of silence on Iran, US President Donald Trump has in past weeks once again addressed the topic in tweets and statements. He has issued stern warnings to Tehran about its behavior […]

Will Trump turn Rouhani into Hawk?

By Ali Hashem, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Being Iran’s president while Tehran is “officially on notice” by Washington is not an easy task for a moderate such as Hassan Rouhani. From now on, whether he likes it or not, the harsh […]

Could Iran’s next President be former TV Boss?

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. With the Iranian presidential elections in May, rivals of incumbent Hassan Rouhani continue to assess possible candidates. In recent weeks and months, one new name has repeatedly surfaced in the Iranian media: Ezzatollah Zarghami […]

Five Reasons Rouhani will be President for another Term

By Ali Omidi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attempt at a political comeback came to an abrupt end following his reported Aug. 30 meeting with the supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly told Ahmadinejad that his provincial […]

Khamenei puts stop to Ahmadinejad’s Return

By Misha Zand, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On Sept. 27, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent an official letter to the supreme leader of Iran announcing that he will not run as a candidate in the May 19 presidential election. In his […]

Rouhani’s bet on Nuke Deal may cost him at the Polls

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Halfway between the signing of the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and their country’s next presidential election, Iranians are waiting to see how the former will influence the latter — and whether […]

Who will be Iran’s Next Speaker of Parliament?

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. With only 25% of deputies in Iran’s current parliament returning to office when their term ends on May 27, the fate of current speaker of parliament Ali Larijani, who has held the position for […]

Pro-Rouhani Candidates Scoop up Most Seats in Runoff

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Pro-Rouhani Candidates Scoop up Most Seats in Runoff After having controlled Iran’s legislature for more than a decade, hard-liners have resolutely been hit with a big defeat in the country’s parliamentary elections. In the […]

Who will be Next Chair of Iran’s Assembly of Experts?

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian voters shocked Principlists on Feb. 26 in elections for the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body tasked with choosing the supreme leader and supervising him. The list of the moderate Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi […]