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The South Asian Handshake

No, it’s not the potential handshake between U.S. president Barack Obama and Iran‘s new president Hassan Rowhani (which didn’t ultimately pan out)—it’s the meeting of Pakistan‘s new prime minister Nawaz Sharif and India‘s outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh that’s set to take place this weekend following this week’s United Nations General Assembly activity.

Read Here – The National Interest

Iran: New President, New Reforms

When Hassan Rohani won Iran’s presidential election in June, he garnered more votes than his predecessor did when he swept to power eight years before. The 64-year-old lawyer, cleric, and former diplomat will take on an economy that under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was defined by falling oil exports because of international sanctions, accelerating inflation, a currency collapse, and stubbornly high unemployment.

Read Here – Businessweek

Rohani Takes Iranian Presidency; Will There Be Change?

Rohani‘s reputation as a mediator and someone who has worked within the corridors of power should be an advantage that Khatami, who was director of the national library before he became president, never enjoyed…A big test will be whether Rohani pushes for the release from house arrest of Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, two reformist leaders held under house arrest since 2011. That demand was a constant chant of Rohani supporters at his campaign rallies and on the streets of Tehran and elsewhere overnight.

Read Here – Reuters

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a message on Saturday, hailing the high voter turnout in Friday’s presidential election and saying that the elected president of Iran is the president of the entire nation.

Read Here – Tehran Times

Who Will Be Iran’s Next Ahmadinijad?

This year’s contest is a far cry from four years ago, when tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets in spontaneous protests prior to the presidential election. That activism is missing this year as voters focus on a stalled economy. The lineup of mostly conservative candidates are unlikely to take on the ruling establishment.

Read Here – Global Post

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