June 15, 2013

THE TRAGEDY IS THAT WE DIDN'T ENCOURAGE TURNOUT TWO ELECTIONS AGO:

Iranian reformists revel over Rowhani election win (ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY, June 16, 2013, AP)

Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Hasan Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power.

"Long live Rowhani," tens of thousands of jubilant supporters chanted as security officials made no attempt to rein in crowds -- joyous and even a bit bewildered by the scope of his victory with more than three times the votes of his nearest rival.

In his first statement after the results were announced, Rowhani said that "a new opportunity has been created ... for those who truly respect democracy, interaction and free dialogue."

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