Hassan Rouhani was on Friday re-elected as Iran’s president. Rouhani, whose government was responsible for reaching Iran’s landmark nuclear deal, vowed in a speech following his victory to open up his country more and engage further with the international community.
According to Reuters, Rouhani secured more than 57 percent of the vote over his main challenger, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, who received 38 percent of the vote. More than 70 percent of eligible voters, meanwhile, turned out for the election.
In an address on Saturday, Rouhani pledged to represent Iranians of any political persuasions — not just those who voted for him. “Our nation’s message in the election was clear: Iran’s nation chose the path of interaction with the world, absent from violence and extremism,” Rouhani said on Saturday, as quoted by Reuters.
Rouhani’s re-election also appeared to secure the future of the 2015 nuclear deal and confirm the support it has among both liberal and conservative Iranians. The agreement provides the Islamic Republic with billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.
However, Rouhani will indulge in to deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, who repeatedly called the Iran agreement “the worst deal ever.” Although the Trump administration on Wednesday signed sanctions waivers essential to support the deal alive, it has in the past been clear approximately its distrust of Tehran.
Still, Rouhani, who expanded his country’s ties with the European Union, seems poised to support making progress. “With more than 41 million of your votes, you indulge in pulled out the history of our country absent from inertia and doubt,” Rouhani told supporters after his victory, as quoted by the original York Times. He then added that he would “support [his] promises.”