Iranian Presidential Election

Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani wins race for presidency in Iran

Iranian women display their identity cards before casting their ballots in the presidential election at a polling station in northern Tehran. Photo: Xinhua

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said 72 per cent of the more than 50.5 million Iranians eligible to vote had turned at polling stations, and that Rowhani had secured just over the threshold 50 per cent of the vote required to avoid a run-off.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:33am

Iranian opposition leader Mousavi rushed to hospital for heart problem

Leading Iranian opposition figure Mir Hossein Mousavi, under house arrest for more than a year, has been taken to hospital with a heart problem, one of his former senior advisers said.

"Mousavi was taken to the hospital this morning [Thursday] after his blood vessels became blocked," said Ardeshir Amir Arjomand, a leading exiled opposition figure.

25 Aug 2012 - 8:25am

Revolution in the making - minus the martyrdom

Young Iranians were back out on the streets in Tehran on Monday night, after almost a month's hiatus. They were there again on Tuesday. Their numbers will probably grow in the next week, for we are now nearing 40 days since the regime's Basij thugs crushed the first round of protests.

23 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Fear is stronger than anger in Iran, for now

The grisly video of 26-year-old Neda Agha Soltan dying in a Tehran street, shot down by a government thug, has already been seen by millions of Iranians. If protesters against the alleged rigging of the recent election needed an image of martyrdom - and such images have a special resonance in Iran - they now have one. But things are not so simple.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Unnatural selection

Hong Kong's impatient push for greater democracy has little resemblance to the extraordinary images we are seeing of mass Iranian protests demanding more freedoms. But read the protest banners and you'll probably be reminded of Hong Kong. The one that struck me most read: selection, not election. That's precisely what we have in Hong Kong.

23 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Iranians have right to shape their own destiny

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has agonising decisions to make. A sense of injustice is driving thousands of Iranians on to the streets against supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The order from the top has been delivered loud and clear: demonstrations against the June 12 presidential election result will no longer be tolerated.

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Iran's leaders must stick to the rules

Iran is at a crossroads. A disputed presidential election has brought its people to the streets in numbers not seen since the revolution that toppled the late shah three decades ago. The ruling conservative Islamic clerics, reformists and factions within both camps are torn about the nation's future.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Iranian hardliners expected to retain their grip in polls

Iran votes on Friday in an election expected to confirm conservative dominance of parliament after mass disqualifications of reformists, with the authorities anxiously hoping for a strong turnout as a message to western enemies.

11 Mar 2008 - 12:00am