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IRAN ELECTION: HASSAN ROUHANI WINS SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT

May 21, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani



Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected with an emphatic victory, official results show.

Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, defeating his main rival, a conservative cleric.

Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with world powers to limit Iran's nuclear programme, pledged to "remain true" to his promises.

The decisive victory gives him a strong mandate to seek reforms and revive Iran's ailing economy, analysts say.

The president received close to 23 million votes, Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahmani Fazli said on state television, in an election that had an unexpectedly high turnout of about 70%.

In his first remarks after winning the poll, Mr Rouhani said on Twitter (in Persian): "Great people of Iran, you're the winners of the election."

His main challenger, former prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi received 38.5%, or 15.7 million votes, not enough to take the election to a second round.

Voting time had been extended by five hours on Friday, until midnight. Election officials said the extensions were due to "requests" and the "enthusiastic participation of people".

The economy seems to be the number one challenge. Mr Rouhani, 68, signed a nuclear deal between Iran, the US and other countries in 2015.

International sanctions were lifted as a result, but average Iranians say they do not feel the economic benefits in their daily lives.

While oil exports have rebounded and inflation is back at single-digits, unemployment remains high, especially among the young people.



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