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    13 Tweets Showing How Iran's New President Is Different

    Change is coming to Iran, 140 characters at a time.

    President Rouhani is big into Twitter

    Or at least someone in his office is.

    Since his election, Iran’s new president has tweeted prolifically —in both English and Farsi – on everything from World Cup soccer to women’s rights, from nuclear negotiations to Internet censorship.

    His English language account is @HassanRouhani. It now offers one of the most telling (not to mention concise) windows into his thinking — and how the Scottish-educated cleric wants the world to perceive him.

    This is especially interesting because social media is often blocked in Iran / Via Giphy

    Although Twitter is periodically banned in Iran, Rouhani also has a feed in Farsi (@rouhani92) for an Iranian audience, according to an administrator who responded to inquiries through the president’s official Facebook page.

    Iranians seem to have a "don’t ask, don’t tell" relationship with Twitter and Facebook. Both have been periodically blocked, especially around elections. But millions of Iranians use software to get around government blocks on websites and social media. Even Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    Rouhani is using Twitter to hint at major changes. Here are 13 tweets showing why reformers are excited:

    He's calling for a more cordial relationship with the United States

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter
    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    (Comparison: outgoing President Ahmadinejad claimed the U.S. orchestrated the 9/11 attacks)

    View this video on YouTube / Via YouTube

    On the economy, he's acknowledging things aren't good – especially for educated youth

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter
    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    He's acknowledging that women don't have equal rights, and says that needs to change

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter
    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    The new president’s tweets have supported increased women’s participation in society, including in sports. (Futsal, btw, is a form of indoor soccer.)

    Twitter / Via Twitter: @HassanRouhani

    Rouhani is clear that he has no interest in developing nuclear weapons

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    Unlike his predecessor, Rouhani is crystal clear: under his leadership, Iran will do more to reassure the world of the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    (For comparison, here's what President Ahmadinejad said after kicking out IAEA inspectors) / Via BuzzFeed

    Quite a difference, tonally.

    He wants less censorship and more free speech in Iran

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    Rouhani is not only advocating for more free speech, but engaging with his followers to ask how censorship has affected them – with implied references to events like the green movement protests, which censors tried to block.

    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter
    Twitter: @HassanRouhani / Via Twitter

    The government of Iran runs IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting), which is Iran's news channel. Many Iranians prefer BBC or other foreign channels – and Rouhani understands why.

    That's why reformers are reacting like this: / Via Tumblr
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