Hassan Rouhani’s supporters see his brother’s arrest as part of efforts to undermine him during his second term in office
The brother of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, has been arrested amid escalating tensions between the government and the country’s hardline judiciary ahead of his swearing-in ceremony next month.
Hossein Fereidoun, a top presidential aide who played a senior role in more than two years of high-level negotiations between Iran and the west over Tehran’s nuclear programme, was taken to prison after failing to secure bail on Saturday, local agencies reported.
President Hassan Rouhani’s reformist-moderate alliance seeking to make gains against conservatives and hardliners
Iranians began voting on Friday in the first polls since last summer’s landmark nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions in a key test of whether reformists and moderate supporters of the president, Hassan Rouhani, can make significant gains against conservatives and hardliners.
Early signs pointed to a high turnout, which would favour the Rouhani camp.
Rouhani will meet the pope and the French and Italian leaders on a trip that aims to re-establish economic ties after sanctions
Hassan Rouhani is to make the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in almost two decades this week, following the lifting of sanctions against his country.
Masoumeh Ebtekar tells the Guardian that success of nuclear talks raises hopes for peaceful resolution to Syria conflict, but warns of rival forces stoking ‘Iranophobia’
The lifting of sanctions on Iran on Saturday marks a new era in bilateral relations between Tehran and Washington, one of the country’s vice-presidents has said, adding that further rapprochement is contingent on how the US goes about fulfilling its commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord.
In an interview with the Guardian, Masoumeh Ebtekar warned against what she said were [...]