President dismisses calls from hardline clerics to permanently block access to social media and messaging apps being used by anti-government protesters
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafar, said he had dispatched forces to Hamadan, Isfahan and Lorestan provinces to tackle “the new sedition”.
State television broadcast live pictures of rallies in Kermanshah, Ilam and Gorgan, where marchers waved Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
High prices, alleged corruption and mismanagement are fuelling the anger. Youth unemployment reached 28.8% this year.
Rouhani has intensified efforts to protect the deal – the biggest achievement of his first term – against Washington’s return to an aggressive Iran policy.
ISIS terrorists entered the Iranian parliament dressed as women and opened fire. Supreme Leader Khameini said these forces will be ‘eliminated soon’.
Two near simultaneous attacks by groups of armed assailants rocked Iran’s capital, Tehran on Wednesday morning.
Qalibaf, a former Revolutionary Guards commander and police chief, was one of the main conservative challengers to Rouhani – a pragmatist seeking a second term.
“This election is a real confrontation between a real Islamic Republic and a ceremonial one,” said Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei played down the benefits of Rouhani’s landmark agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in return for a lifting of international sanctions.
Although the move was seen as an attempt to bolster an ally’s candidacy, it was also a challenge to the authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: “Some countries are not attending the talks, and their role was destructive. They were helping the terrorists.”