HOT BLAST: What's next in Iran?
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Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani attend a celebration gathering following his victory Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani attend a celebration gathering following his victory Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets that were battlefields four years ago as reformist-backed Rowhani capped a stunning surge to claim Iran's presidency on Saturday, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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An analysis by the Associated Press' Brian Murphy looks at this weekend's presidential victory by reformist candidate Hasan Rowhani.

 

"The ecstatic outpouring of Iranians dancing and celebrating in the streets Saturday night and Sunday reflected the hopes that Rowhani can bring an end to the domination of hard-liners for the past eight years under Ahmadinejad, with arrests against the opposition and restrictions on rights. Many saw the win as a slap to the ruling clerics, sending a message that they cannot keep the opposition bottled up.

"Rowhani does have a people-power mandate that certainly will be factored in by Iran's rulers. But the scope of his win — more than three times of votes of the runner-up — doesn't give him any extra-credit powers. Iran's presidency is still without the tools to take any major initiatives without clearance from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or, by extension, the Revolutionary Guard."

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