Iran's president-elect, the moderate Shi'ite cleric Hassan Rohani, was endorsed for the office Saturday by the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a ceremony leading up to his swearing-in Sunday before Parliament.

Present at the act of endorsement were, besides Khamenei and Rohani, the outgoing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who leaves office after the two 4-year terms allowed by the constitution, and the heads of Parliament and the judicial system, the brothers Ali and Sadeq Ardeshir Amoli Larijani.

Rohani was elected president of Iran after winning, with the support of reformists of the Islamic regime, the June 14 election with more than 50 percent of the vote against five opponents, four of them ultra-conservative Islamists and one a technocrat. EFE