Hassan Rouhani, the new President of Iran.

Hassan Rowhani, the new President of Iran.

THE HEADLINES are blaring after Hassan Rouhani appears to have won a decisive victory in Iran’s presidential elections. Whether he’s a moderate by American standards is hardly as important as what Iranians feel, especially the young, who were hoping Rouhani would win.

When compared with outgoing President Ahmadinejad, it’s easy to consider Hassan Rouhani a moderate and a reformer.

Al Jazeera:

Moderate Hassan Rouhani has secured more than 50 percent of the Iran presidential ballot to win the election, the Interior minister has said.

In a statement, reported by the Iranian media on Saturday, the president-elect hailed his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism.

“This victory is a victory for wisdom, moderation and maturity… over extremism,” Rouhani, who was backed by reformists, said.

Interior minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar told a press conference earlier that Rouhani had won Iran’s presidential election with more than 18 million of the votes.

Statement by the Administration on the election in Iran:

We have seen the announcement by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran that Hojjatoleslam Doctor Hassan Rouhani has been declared the winner of Iran’s presidential election. We respect the vote of the Iranian people and congratulate them for their participation in the political process, and their courage in making their voices heard. Yesterday’s election took place against the backdrop of a lack of transparency, censorship of the media, Internet, and text messages, and an intimidating security environment that limited freedom of expression and assembly. However, despite these government obstacles and limitations, the Iranian people were determined to act to shape their future.

It is our hope that the Iranian government will heed the will of the Iranian people and make responsible choices that create a better future for all Iranians. The United States remains ready to engage the Iranian government directly in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.