Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran election

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Sunday said the election victory will see President Rouhani serve a second presidential term, having ascended to the office for the first time in 2013.

IRNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying that the era of interfering in other countries' affairs, waging wars and funding terrorism is over and fighting terrorism is the only way ahead.

Rouhani also criticized a meeting Trump attended in Saudi Arabia yesterday, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values".

The Iranian people recognise that neither Rouhani nor Raisi would have changed the way that Iran is run; Khamenei holds the true power within the Regime.

Stability in the Middle East can not be achieved without Tehran's help, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned US President Donald Trump.

"No one has the right to confiscate the revolution", said Rouhani, boosted by his election victory.

"I hope that the day will come that Saudi Arabia will adopt this path", he said. But he has so far not moved to pull the United States out. The Gulf Arab state previous year downgraded ties with Tehran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Tehran after demonstrators angry at the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric in the kingdom attacked Saudi missions.

On Saturday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced that the country's incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected for a second term.

Earlier, King Salman of Saudi Arabia also railed against Iran calling the country "the spearhead of terrorism".

Iran's foreign secretary Javad Zarif pointed out Mr Trump had himself previously suggested the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks. In Israel on Monday, he warned of "the threat posed by Iran" through the possibility of it acquiring nuclear weapons and its support of militant groups. The Trump administration in February sanctioned more than two dozen people and companies in retaliation for a ballistic missile test, warning it had put the Islamic Republic "on notice".

In response to Trump's stand, US-Iranian author and commentator Trita Parsi wrote, "Just when Iranians voted overwhelmingly for openness and engagement with [the] world, Trump clenched his fist and responded by calling for Iran's isolation".

  • Leroy Wright