The honeymoon is over. President Hassan Rouhani marks 100 days in office on November 12, which is also his birthday. During his campaign against five rivals, Rouhani distinguished himself as the people’s champion and pledged to create a government of “prudence and hope.” And shortly after his election, Rouhani bluntly told his fellow clerics, “A strong government does not mean a government that interferes and intervenes in all affairs. It is not a government that limits the lives of people.”
“We have to give people a free hand,” Rouhani said. “We shouldn’t intervene so much in people’s private lives and culture.”
This article was written by Hanif Kashani and Robin Wright for The Iran Primer on November 12, 2013. Hanif Z. Kashani is a consultant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Middle East Program. Robin Wright has traveled to Iran dozens of times since 1973. She has covered several elections, including the 2009 presidential vote.
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