Iranians won’t have Ahmadinejad to kick around any more

Iranians won’t have Ahmadinejad to kick around any more

Say goodbye to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In a few weeks, he will hand over the mantle of presidency to Hassan Rouhani, who stood victorious Saturday after Iran tallied all its votes in the national election.

Rouhani, 65, a cleric and moderate politician, who enjoyed reformist backing, took more than 50% of the vote, according to the interior ministry.

His nearest rival, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the mayor of Tehran, garnered about 15% of the vote.

Three of the six candidates were much more conservative, and the Iranian public viewed Rouhani as a mild alternative going into the vote.

Rouhani has a reputation for avoiding extreme positions and bridging differences, but he is no pushover. He has a long history of service in the country’s defense establishment.

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