Hassan Rouhani Introduces Cabinet

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President Hassan Rouhani spoke briefly Sunday at his inauguration and addressed the importance of fighting corruption, having a government that’s accountable to the people’s needs and the importance of international relations based on mutual respect.

Rouhani emphasized that whether Iranian citizens voted or not, they still had equal rights and that he is the representative of all Iranians.

Iran MP Calls Karroubi, Mousavi ‘Enemies of Democracy’

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Hard-line Iranian parliament member Ruhollah Hosseinian spoke to Reformist Shargh newspaper on the ongoing detention of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi and whether parliament will invite former president Mohammad Khatami to President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration.

Hosseinian, who worked in the Ministry of Intelligence under Ali Fallahian when the notorious “Chain Murders” took place, at first attempted to deflect questions about Karroubi and Mousavi. When asked about MP Ali Motahhari’s recent statements in support of the two suggesting they be allowed to “defend themselves,” Hosseinian said, “This has to do with the National Security Council and it has nothing to do with me whether they remain imprisoned or not.”

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