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Hasan Rouhani endorsed as Iran president

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The new president of Iran, Hassan Rohani, has been sworn in at a religious ceremony in Tehran.

The cleric was handed power by the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Seen as a moderate, expectations are high both in Iran and abroad that he will be a reforming president. However he still has to please hardliners within the country.

Rohani is a former nuclear negotiator and the US will be hoping it can talk to him on the issue of nuclear weapons. Earlier this week, Washington held off backing tough new sanctions on Iran, seen by many as offering an olive branch.

The 64 year old was the surprise winner of elections in June. He now begins a four year term as Iran’s president.