(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president, paving the way for him to take office for a second term as the head of Iran’s 12th administration.
During a Thursday ceremony in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei gave his official approval for the president-elect by giving him a decree to assign him his duties.
In a ceremony broadcast live on state television on Thursday, Imam Khamenei gave his official approval for Rouhani.
Under Iran’s election law, the president-elect is required to gain the Leader’s official approval before being sworn in before the Parliament (Majlis). Through this process, called Tanfiz (validation), the Leader affirms the outcome of the presidential election.
Heads of the three branches of power in Iran, military officials, Ulema, academics and an array of foreign ambassadors and representatives are attending the ceremony underway at Imam Khomeini Hossiniyeh in Tehran.
During the Thursday ceremony, Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani, the head of Ayatollah Khamenei’s office, read out the decree issued by the Leader to the participants.
Rouhani will take the oath of office in Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) on Saturday.
The inauguration ceremony is expected to see a record turnout, with delegations from over 100 countries taking part in the event.
He will then have two weeks to present his cabinet to the Parliament for a vote of confidence.