side by side photos of former Iranian president Ahmadinejad and current president Rohani

Hassan Rohani will be inaugurated as Iran’s new president on August 4, and takes power at a time when the Islamic republic is facing unprecedented sanctions, international isolation, and a worsening economy that is causing discontent at home. RFE/RL looks at the challenges ahead for the incoming president and the Iran he inherits from outgoing president Mahmud Ahmadinejad.