So Ahmadinejad’s gone… enter Rouhani… facing huge economic challenges.. and possibly stepping back a bit on the nuclear project.. but we’ll see..
(Reuters) – Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani took office as Iran’s president on Saturday, succeeding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed him, Iranian media said.
Rouhani’s resounding election win in June raised hopes of a negotiated end to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. That would avert a possible new war in the Middle East.
Khamenei kissed Rouhani on the cheek and the new president kissed the leader on his lapel.
The start of Rouhani’s presidency puts an end to Ahmadinejad’s eight years in office during which Iran grew more isolated and came under wide-ranging United Nations, U.S. and European Union sanctions over its nuclear program, putting enormous pressure on the economy.