Qassem Soleimani Voted Man of Year in Iran
Source: “Mohammad Javad Zarif va Sardar Qassem Soleimani Chehreh-haye Sal 93 Shodand,” (Mohammad Javad Zarif and Gen. Qassem Soleimani were the faces of 2014) tners.ir, 21 March 2015. http://tnews.ir/news/A23739030808.html
Zarif and Soleimani were the men of the year for 2014
A rational and balanced society is perhaps the best description of the people of Iran these days… According to a report by “Tabnak,” Tabnak conducted a survey to determine the man of the year; the audience was asked to comment on the most famous men of the year, and eight individuals were put forward for the poll and comments. They were [Qods Force head Qassem] Soleimani; [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif, [Tehran MP Ali] Motahari; [Health Minister Hassan] Qazizadeh Hashemi; [President Hassan] Rouhani; [Former President Ali Akbar] Hashemi [Rafsanjani]; [Former Science Minister Reza] Faraji Dana; and [Iranian mathematician] Maryam Mirzakhani were the eight people presented by Tabnak. For the sake of ease and time, the top four and four runners up were decided, and only the top four were presented in the final survey, and Mohammad Javad Zarif and General Qassem Soleimani were selected as the winners by the Tabnak audience. The remarkable thing about the poll was unlike those of some political factions and analysis, the audience was drawn from the most educated strata of society… And they decided that dialogue with the world and, when necessary, jihad and combat are the two wings that are able to fly together and give this country victory.