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.