Cleric and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani enjoys the support of many liberal-minded Iranians and moderates and reformists in his bid to become president of the Islamic Republic. Rohani’s credentials include membership in the Assembly of Experts and Expediency Council and Supreme National Security Council.
His track record proves his talent for working effectively with various factions, and, more than other candidates, his attitude – at age 64 – for change, both in Iran’s internal policy and internationally.
His degrees in law include a doctorate from Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University.
The foreign policy veteran who moves in the same circles as Iran’s ruling clerics told supporters at a campaign rally which included former high-placed political figures: “I came here to establish a government of wisdom and hope, for the sake of Islamic Iran, to salvage the economy, to have constructive interaction with the world and to resurrect morality in society.”
Rohani is said to favour negotiations to resolve Iran’s nuclear dispute with the West, at the same time as standing up for his country’s right to pursue peaceful development of a civil nuclear energy programme. Allaying the suspicion of major powers that Tehran harbours atomic weapon ambitions would be the key to having US-led sanctions lifted.
Rohani has also spoken out in recognition of how much needs to be done in Iran to improve the standing of women and ethnic minorities.