Sunday, May 21, 2017

Emboldened by Rouhani’s Win, Iranians Seek Further Reforms

I chose to read this article because I wrote on the same topic last week and I wanted to follow up.  As expected, Rouhani won the Presidential election in Iran.  As a response to his victory, Iranian citizens took over the streets to dance, which is illegal.  They also celebrated the loss of Ebrahim Raisi.  Because Rouhani was elected again, the people hope he can continue the reform he began in his last term.  The people if Iran want more freedom, more trade, and less rules.  The aftermath of the election shows that Iran, in some ways, is moving toward a more westernized society.  At the very least, it appears that that is the way the citizens hope to head.  Sources say that for Rouhani to give the people all that they want socially will be a very difficult task.  However, seeing their reaction to the election sparked so much happiness in me. For that, I hope that even without major change Rouhani will be able to start a push for turning Iran into the society its people want.

Elena Vela

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