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ICC Note:
Regarding the election of Hassan Rouhani, Christians in Iran say, “Let me tell you this: there is no choice. All of the candidates are from Ayatollah Khamenei’s team.” Meaning that they anticipate Rouhani will be unable to ease Christian persecution in their country, as Khamenei is ultimately the one in charge. One Christian said, “I really don’t know what will be next. I pray for a lasting joy for all Iranians, freedom for prisoners of conscience, comfort for the victims of political violence, justice, liberty, equality and prosperity for the future of our land.”
By Anugrah Kumar
06/18/2013 Iran (ChristianPost)- Reports in Western media about the victory of a moderate cleric in Iran’s presidential election have raised expectations for change in the Islamic republic, but local Christians doubt the next president, Hassan Rouhani, will be able to alleviate Christian persecution.
“In your Western media, the candidates are divided into conservatives and reformers, as if there is a choice, but let me tell you this: there is no choice. All of the candidates are from Ayatollah Khamenei’s team,” Open Doors ministry said in a statement, quoting an Iranian Christian believer.
Rouhani, who was Iran’s nuclear negotiator during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami before that of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, can be expected to have a say only in the country’s economic affairs and a few other civil matters, while matters that concern national security are solely the domain of Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei.
“The question is can Rouhani make a change?” the Open Doors source asked. “At least he is an intellectual, who graduated in the United Kingdom and has called for less confrontational relations with the West. I guess we just have to see in order to know, according to Iranian standards, how moderate he is,” the local believer said.
“I really don’t know what will be next,” the source added. “I pray for a lasting joy for all Iranians, freedom for prisoners of conscience, comfort for the victims of political violence, justice, liberty, equality and prosperity for the future of our land.”

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