Tehran’s City Council on Sunday unanimously elected the reformist politician Mohammad-Ali Afshani as the new mayor of the Iranian capital, after the previous mayor resigned over his health problems.
The Iranian president has admired the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps for its role in protecting the country’s security in a chaotic region, in remarks that were seen as an attempt to appease the IRGC following what was widely seen as President Rouhani’s attacks against the body last week.
Kaveh Madani, a senior Iranian water expert who left the Imperial College of London to serve as deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, recently left his office after a few months over what he called the hard-liners’ pressure.
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Tehran City Council, has confirmed receiving the resignation of Tehran’s reformist mayor, Mohammad-Ali Najafi, amid conflicting reports over the reason behind his decision.
Iran’s former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says he used to be a rival of Hassan Rouhani during the 2013 presidential elections, but he feels duty-bound to support him if he does something that serves the country’s interests.
Following the Iranian president’s recent address to the Parliament, almost all reformist papers decided not to cover his anti-US remarks, while conservatives gave him a revolutionary welcome.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a message offered its congratulations to Army Brigadier General Amir Hatami as the new Iranian Minister of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics.
Iranian newspapers on Saturday widely covered the hunger strike of Mahdi Karroubi, one of the two Iran-based opposition leaders, who finally resumed eating after President Rouhani gave positive responses to his demands.
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, the eldest son of the late Iranian politician Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was unanimously elected as the head of Tehran’s new City Council.
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi has been appointed by Iran’s Leader as the new head of the country’s Expediency Discernment Council, replacing the late Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.