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Hassan Rohani In His Own Words

Hassan Rohani greets supporters
Hassan Rohani greets supporters
The following is a selection of recent statements attributed to Hassan Rohani, the cleric and relative moderate who emerged the winner from Iran's June 14 presidential vote. The remarks -- on a broad range of topics, from the media to morality, the Internet and hobbies, the economy and state intervention in people's private lives -- were compiled from a recent interview with the "Sharq" daily newspaper, Rohani's website, and the televised presidential debates.

"Using the Internet, I must say, is one of my hobbies, regardless of whether I need it."

"Regarding reading, I must say I prefer reading academic papers rather than a novel. I prefer historical movies, but in general I like movies and I spend part of my free time watching films."

"Eight years of isolation is enough."

"All the people in our country, no matter which ethnicity or tribe they're from, should feel they're the citizens of one country and enjoy equal rights."

"We need moderation and rationality; we have to move away from extremism. Likewise regarding the issue of foreign policy -- we need to preserve the interests and national security of the country and we have to create the conditions for the necessary opportunities in the political, economic, cultural, and other spheres for our people."

"If we want to compete with countries like Turkey, Malaysia, and South Korea, we need to create a real revolution in our economy."

"There are a number of media in our country, but there is no variety. The press should work within the framework and shouldn't play with people's reputations."

"Our revolution was a revolution of light and morality, but today, where is morality in our society?"

"We have to give people a free hand; we shouldn't intervene so much in people's private lives and culture."

"In a government of 'Hope and Prudence,' men and women, boys and girls will feel free."

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: pgvk111 from: Secunderabad P
June 16, 2013 14:49
All right thinking people,not necessarily friends of Iran sincerely hope the sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted on such of the iranian entities,equipments and materials/items which are of general public use,especially food and medical items. Over the years USA and it's friends must have realised the futility of sanctions.Sanctions have not dissuaded Iran from nuclear path , many other activities considered as " national interests", by Iran , that is something every nation including USA and it's friends do.now that Iranian people has voted in Hassan Rouhani a known moderate,recognised even by USA .Sanctions have only hurt general public very cruelly specially the children and old it is right time to remove such sanctions which hit the defenceless population.

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
June 16, 2013 21:22
It's not difficult to convince the UN and the international community that the nuclear program is not making nuclear weapons possible. We've been talking about it for 25 years. Want the sanctions gone, do that. No more sanctions.

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