Written in the style of a ‘ghazal’ developed in Persia in the 10th century AD from the Arabic verse form qasida.
The Curtain Lifts
Die cast, all change, seeds sown in the hot-house of Iran.
A moderate; his conservative stance less extreme.
Hassan Rouhani, new voice of this Islamic state.
Will the ayatollahs nod but shackle Rouhani?
Will the posturing nuclear programme be curtailed?
Does Syria’s solution lie nascent in his hands?
Unanswered questions debating where the future leads.
15th June 2013
Notes: “Hassan Rouhani wins Iran presidential election.” Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off. Crowds gathered in Tehran to hail Mr Rouhani, who said he had achieved a “victory of moderation over extremism”. Some 72.2% of the 50 million eligible Iranian voters cast ballots to choose the successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The US said it was “ready to engage directly” with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei congratulated Mr Rouhani on his victory. Mr Rouhani, who has pledged greater engagement with Western powers, said: “This victory is a victory for wisdom, moderation and maturity… over extremism.” But he also urged the world to “acknowledge the rights” of Iran. He said: “The nations who tout democracy and open dialogue should speak to the Iranian people with respect and recognise the rights of the Islamic republic.”