Politics of Iran

Jubilation in Iran as moderate cleric brings hope of change

An excited couple wave a poster of Hassan Rowhani as they ride through the throngs on Tehran's streets on Saturday night. Photo: AP

"Goodbye Ahmadinejad, you won't be missed," the women in black chadors shouted. They were among the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who flocked to the streets to celebrate the end of eight years of hardline conservative rule after moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani, 65, was elected president on Saturday night.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:58am 1 comment

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.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:33am

Iranian presidential debate becomes farce

From left: Mohammad Qarazi, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, Ali Akbar Velayati, and Saeed Jalili. Photo: AFP

Iran's first debate among candidates for the presidency degenerated into acrimony live on state television when, instead of discussing the economy, some of the hopefuls resorted to sniping over the questions and format.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Briefs, December 28, 2012

Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi was the Iranian health minister.

Former US president George H. W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, was in intensive care at a Houston, Texas, hospital in a "guarded condition", family spokesman Jim McGrath said.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Briefs, September 25, 2012

PM seeks probe into spying in Dotcom case

25 Sep 2012 - 5:05am

Rude response exposes two world views

'You f-king Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we're not going to deal with the Iranians?'

4 Sep 2012 - 9:43pm

Iran may be nasty but is not my enemy

I have no beef with Iran or its people. It is not a threat to me or my family, to Hong Kong, or the mainland; to any country in Asia and Africa or any member state of the euro zone. Iran does not threaten world peace, despite all the propaganda coming from Washington and Tel Aviv.

4 Sep 2012 - 10:50am

StanChart charges expose absurdity of Iran sanctions

Last week Monitor suggested that the business model of banks serving clients in multiple emerging markets is under threat.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

ICAC's new chief faces the media

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

China, Russia state support for Iran, Syria

In high-level talks yesterday, leaders of China and Russia jointly opposed imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran, while expressing opposition to foreign intervention in Syria.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Only diplomacy can solve Iran problem

Trying to determine what is reality and what is bluster when it comes to Iran's nuclear programme is next to impossible. Its leaders claim their intentions are peaceful, but secrecy and uranium enrichment do not preclude the possibility that the country is making a bomb.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Regime change in Iran is Israel's true target

The last time US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was obvious that the two men distrusted and despised each other. This time, their mutual dislike was better hidden, but the gulf between them was still as big, especially on the issue of Iran's alleged desire for nuclear weapons.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Diplomacy the best way to handle Iran

No right-thinking government can oppose efforts to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Proliferation by rogue nations endangers regional and global peace and security. Years of dialogue and sanctions have not worked, though, so a new international strategy is needed. Making Iran's people or those of its trading partners suffer is not the answer.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing plays by international rules, but on its own terms

Multilateral sanctions were a rarity until the 1990s and it has taken time for Beijing to support the trend. China is now playing in the spirit of the new rules of the game - including penalising its oil-rich ally, Iran - but keeping it quiet.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Uncertain future in HK for Iranian shipping line

Hong Kong may have updated its sanctions against Iran, but it is not clear whether it will have the power to shut down the global sanctions-busting network that operates in the city.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am