This year, more than 1,600 male candidates announced plans to run for the presidency (women can not run), but only six were approved by the Guardian Council, an Orwellian body that certifies that candidates reliably support the radical goals of Iran's Islamic revolution.
This is not to say that the Iranian people are in favour of Rouhani, a man who executed almost 4,000 people in just four years, boasts about Iran's support for the dictator Bashar al-Assad, and now presides over an Iran where millions live in poverty; just that Khamenei felt that Raisi would cause the biggest protests. "We are waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies", said Rouhani.
Referring to the Arab Islamic American Summit, which convened in Saudi capital city of Riyadh on Sunday, Rouhani said that the gathering, which hosted 55 countries, was "just a show" without any political value.
The Iranian president highlighted the significance of national power, and stressed that such power is not realized by purchasing weapons, but rather through the nation's high turnout in national elections.
"Iran, fresh from real elections, attacked by @POTUS in that bastion of democracy & moderation".
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"We wanted to tell the world that on the basis of mutual respect and shared interests, we are to ready to have interaction", he said.
For hard-liners and their affiliates - including the office of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Basij, the judiciary and the Intelligence Ministry - Rouhani is more helpful in achieving their major objectives.
"The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is", Rouhani said in response to a question from The Associated Press. The creation of Syunik free economic zone must be also made as soon as possible. "Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission of no one".
Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers was expected to open up the country to the world once again, but progress has proven slow.
"No one has the right to confiscate the revolution", said Rouhani, boosted by his election victory. With the median age of 23 in a country of 80 million, and the rise of social media use, voter turnout in Iran's youth play a crucial role now, and will continue to do so in the future.