Rohani becomes Iran's president after Khamenei's endorsement

TEHERAN (AFP) - Mr Hassan Rouhani took office as Iran's president on Saturday, succeeding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed him, state TV said.

He vowed to work to lift the international sanctions imposed on Teheran over its controversial nuclear drive.

My government “will take fundamental steps in elevating Iran’s position based on national interest and lifting of the oppressive sanctions,” the moderate cleric said in a first address, broadcast live on state television.

Dr Rohani, a relatively moderate cleric who won an election in June, will take the oath of office in a ceremony in Iran's parliament on Sunday.