"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."
Here are some other views of the election:
- Foreign Policy: Regime Change Obama Can Believe In
- Jamsheed Faroughi in DW: Iran's Rowhani faces huge challenges
- Kasra Naji for the BBC: Challenges facing Iran's Hassan Rouhani
- Suzanne Maloney for Brookings: Prudence And Hope Prevail: Iran Election Reflects Desire For Change
- Jon Snow in The Guardian: Iranians vote for change, however gradual
- Najmeh Bozorgmehr in the Financial Times: Iran crowds see Rohani win as reformist victory
- Ariel Ben Solomon in the Jerusalem Post: What does the election of Rohani mean?
- Zvi Bar'el in Haaretz: Three pivotal questions for Rowhani in the Iranian election