Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran's President for second term

Aug 3, 2017 16:22 IST

Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran's President for second termHassan Rouhani was on 3 August 2017 officially sworn in as the President of Iran for a second term.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei gave his official approval for Rouhani's appointment by giving him a decree to assign him his duties.

Rouhani will administer the oath before the parliament on 5 August 2017 and before that, he has to present his cabinet before the parliament for a vote of confidence.

As per Iran’s Election Law, a president-elect is required to get the Leader’s approval before being sworn-in before the Parliament.

Rouhani won the re-election in May 2017, after securing 57 per cent of the votes and defeating his main contender Ebrahim Raeisi.

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About Hassan Rouhani

Born on 12 November 1948, Rouhani is a graduate of University of Tehran and has PhD from Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University.

He began his political career in the 1960s by following the exiled leader of the Islamic movement, Ayatollah Khomeini.

He spent 16 years as Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran’s top security post.

He was Iran's chief nuclear negotiator from 2003 to 2005.

In 2013, Rouhani was elected as President of Iran.

During his term, Iran reached a landmark deal in 2015. Rouhani was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

He is also the first Iranian leader to speak with the President of United States when Barack Obama called him in September 2013.

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