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Iran's new president prepares to take over from Ahmadinejad

Iran's new president prepares to take over from Ahmadinejad
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The new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, will take an oath of office in parliament on Sunday afternoon, formally replacing outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The moderate cleric, who won a landslide victory on June 14, has pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness over the country’s nuclear programme.

Euronews correspondent in Tehran, Olaf Bruns, says Rohani will be feeling the pressure to get the west to ease sanctions: “many Iranians are looking forward to a new president who will have a less confrontational attitude than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because they know that without better ties with the West there will hardly be any easing of sanctions. And without an easing of sanctions it will be hard for the country’s economy to recover.”

For the first time, Iran invited foreign heads of state to the weekend’s ceremonies. Every country apart from the US and Israel was invited.

A dozen presidents including Pakistan’s Zadari have attended, as well as guest of honour former EU diplomat, Javier Solana,

Rohani is expected to unveil his cabinet shortly after the parliamentary ceremony..