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New Iranian president takes oath of office

New Iranian president takes oath of office
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The seventh president of Iran, Hassan Rohani, has taken his oath of office at an official ceremony at the parliament in Tehran.

On Saturday, he received the endorsement of the Supreme Leader of the country, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Breaking with tradition in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the newly inaugurated president invited international guests for the ceremony. The former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and the current UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Kubish have attended.

The election of Iran’s new president in June came as a surprise to many. The 64 year old is known for his moderate views and openness for dialogue with the West, which he outlined in his inaugural speech.

It is hoped that his four year term will bring a change to relations between Iran and the international community.