Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, officially gave Hassan Rouhani his approval for taking office for a second term as the head of Iran’s 12th administration.
In a ceremony held on Thursday in Tehran with all top Iranian officials in attendance, Ayatollah Khamenei gave his official approval for the president-elect by giving him a decree to assign him his duties.
In the decree, Ayatollah Khamenei said he endorses people’s vote and pronounce ‘the respected scientist Dr. Hassan Rouhani’ as Iran’s president.
Rouhani delivered a speech after receiving the endorsement decree, elaborating on his future plans as the chief executive.
He said “social justice” and “poverty alleviation” were among the main ideals of the Islamic establishment, adding that the eradication of absolute poverty is one of the objectives of his administration.
The administration, he said, seeks to set the stage for people to exercise their rights, adding that his cabinet would make efforts to “uproot poverty and corruption, contain inflation and [facilitate] economic growth.”
Rouhani further called for more investment and access to advanced technologies, stressing that sustainable development is not achievable without reliable plans, Press TV reported.
Iran paid the price for its independence and will stand against enemy attempts to isolate the nation, he added.
Rouhani will take the oath of office in Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) on Saturday.
The inauguration ceremony is expected to see a record turnout, with delegations from over 100 countries taking part in the event.
He will then have two weeks to present his cabinet to the Parliament for a vote of confidence.