EU’s Mogherini to Attend Iranian President's Inauguration
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who won a second term in office in May.
“The HR/VP Federica Mogherini will travel to Tehran on August 5, in her capacity as Chair of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Rouhani,” according to a statement published on the official website of the EU on Saturday.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
“On this occasion, she will have bilateral meetings with Iranian dignitaries to review the state of implementation of the nuclear deal and to discuss issues of bilateral and regional relevance,” the statement added.
President Rouhani is slated to take the oath of office at an open session of the parliament on August 5.
The inaugural ceremony will be held after the endorsement of Rouhani’s presidency by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, the president will have two weeks to submit his new cabinet to the parliament for a vote of confidence.
In Iran’s presidential election on May 19, Rouhani garnered 23,549,616 votes from a total of 41,220,131 ballots. The runner-up, Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38.5% of the votes.
No sitting president in Iran has failed to win a second term since 1981.
During the previous presidential election in June 2013, Rouhani had emerged victorious by winning 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million votes. He had won more than three times as many votes as his closest challenger.