A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani show him attending on January 1, 2018 a meeting with heads of parliamentary commissions in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY
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Rouhani, 69, suggested there was a generational element to the unrest, which appears to have been spearheaded by under-25s.Rouhani won re-election last year by promising more jobs for Iran's youth through more foreign investment, as well as more social justice, individual freedom and political tolerance – aims questioned by his main challenger in the contest.Echoing some of his campaign rhetoric, Rouhani said Monday people should be allowed to criticize all Iranian officials, with no exception.Rouhani also dismissed calls from hard-line religious scholars who had asked the government to permanently block access social media and messaging apps.
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