Prediction: President Rohani won't change anything in Iran

Monday, July 1, 2013
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The wife of a pastor jailed in Iran because of his Christian faith isn't encouraged by the recent election of Iran's new "moderate" president.

Since Iran elected its new president, the mainstream media has told Americans to be encouraged by the victory of the "moderate" Hassan Rohani.

But Naghmeh Abedini, an Iranian-born American whose husband, Saeed, has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly a year, begs to differ (see related story).

"The moderate president is really not what we consider moderate," she tells OneNewsNow. "But the Iranian government has presented him as a moderate to bring unity and make the Iranian people happy, considering four years ago during their election where they almost lost power. It was a great move on their end in terms of bringing a unity; the people are happy."

"But really, the supreme leader has not changed," Abedini continues. "He's the one who controls everything and dictates everything to the president, so it doesn't really change a whole lot."

Abedini doubts the new president will change any of the policies that have been the subject of so much consternation in the West.

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