Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been named Iran’s man of the year [starting March 21, 2014], a poll showed.
In an online poll conducted by Tabnak, a news website, Foreign Minister Zarif garnered more than 50 percent of the votes. He was followed by commander of the IRGC Quds Force Major General Ghasem Soleimani, who secured over 28 percent of the votes.
Tehran MP Ali Motahari and Health Minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi came in third and fourth respectively.
The online survey also suggested that those polled believed that interaction with the rest of the world and struggle for the sake of Iran – when necessary – are the country’s top priorities.
President Hassan Rouhani, Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former science minister Reza Farajidana and Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani finished fifth through eighth in the online polling.