Iran Elections 2013 Rowhani's Test: Prove Iran Is a Peace-loving Nation, and Heal the Economy

The Iranian public has had its say and the West has breathed a sigh of relief. But change may be hindered by the conservative grasp over parliament and the military.

"This is the most democratic election in the world," proclaimed former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Saturday evening, after it became apparent that moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani had crossed the 50-percent threshold and was likely to be appointed Iran's next president.