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Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani speaks to the media in Tehran June 16, 2013.
Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani speaks to the media in Tehran June 16, 2013.
(FARS NEWS/Reuters)

Doug Saunders

Three things you need to know about Iran’s new president

1. This wasn’t so much a victory for reformists as a defeat for hardliners

It was extraordinary to see tens of thousands of Iranians taking to the streets on Sunday to celebrate the election of Hassan Rowhani as president. These were the same Iranians who had rioted for weeks after hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected president (in an election accused by some of being fixed) in 2009. It was as if the Green Revolution had been re-ignited – but this time by a victory, not a defeat.