President-elect Hassan Rohani receives guidelines from the Supreme Leader of Iran; Rohani, Larijani holds discussion on major issues
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  • According to reports, Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has given necessary guidelines to the president-elect, Hassan Rohani. The Supreme Leader also wished Rohani success in his new position. Rohani won Iran’s 11th presidential election by securing 18,613,329 of a total of 36,704,156 ballots counted. His rival candidates Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf secured 15.76 per cent Mohsen Rezaei 11.16 per cent Saeed Jalili 11.38 per cent Ali Akbar Velayati 6.11 per cent Mohammad Gharazi 1.21 percent. Iran’s Interior Ministry put voter turnout at 72.7 percent. Rohani currently represents the Supreme Leader in the Supreme National Security Council, and is member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also President of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research. 1

    In another development, reports noted that President-elect Hassan Rohani and Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani have exchanged views on leading issues and problems of the country that Iran is currently facing. Rohani and Larijani held a meeting one day after the official announcement that Rohani won the 11th presidential election following a vote that saw a massive popular turnout on June 14. Larijani later said that during the meeting, the present situation of the country and the necessity for tackling inflation and unemployment had been discussed. Rohani, for his part, said “In this meeting, [we] discussed important issues that we are facing in the country, particularly cooperation between the [new] administration and the Majlis.” Rohani also added that post-election celebrations showed that Iranians are hopeful about the future. 2