Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election

Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by principalist rival, Ebrahim Raisi.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on May 13. With most of the votes from Friday's election counted, the Interior Ministry said Mr. Rouhani had won 22.8 million. / Internet photo
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on May 13. With most of the votes from Friday's election counted, the Interior Ministry said Mr. Rouhani had won 22.8 million. / Internet photo

Iran's reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won the country's presidential election, according to official results, fending off a challenge by principalist rival, Ebrahim Raisi.

With all of votes in Friday's poll counted, Rouhani was re-elected with 57 percent, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said on Saturday.

 

"Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 ... and won the election," Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV.

 

Raisi, Rouhani's closest rival, got 15.8 million votes, he added.

 

A big turnout on Friday led to the vote being extended by several hours to deal with long queues.

Agencies

 

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