The Heat: President Rouhani reelected in Iran

The Heat

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a televised speech after he won the election, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Rouhani says that the message of Friday’s election that gave him another four-year term is one of Iran living in peace and friendship with the world. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani easily won the country’s presidential election, fending off a challenge by conservative hardliner Ebrahim Raisi.

The election was seen largely as a referendum on the incumbent president’s policy of opening up Iran to the rest of the world and reforming the country’s economy.

CGTN’s Tony Cheng reports.

Tonight’s panel has more on the outcome of the election:

  • Mohsen Milani, executive director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida
  • Ahmad Majidyar, a fellow at the Middle East Institute and the director of the IranObserved Project
  • Mohammad Marandi, political commentator