In this picture taken on Monday, May 22, 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in his press conference in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticized the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guard with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic Republic.Millions of Rouhani's followers expect him to keep pushing on human rights issues.That message came through loud and clear shortly before Rouhani, who won re-election with more than 57 percent of the vote, took the stage at a gathering of supporters in Tehran last week.The trio's continued detention is a divisive political issue in Iran and one that Rouhani has promised to resolve.Along with those arrests, more than 20 journalists and activists were arrested in the lead-up to the elections according to CHRI, an issue which has also been raised by Rouhani supporters.Rouhani's decisive election win may have finally given him the opportunity to address human rights issues.Iran's judiciary chief hit back at Rouhani Monday for bringing up the issue of the house arrest of opposition leaders during his campaign.Sadeq Larijani said without naming Rouhani, according to the judiciary news site Mizan.
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