Iran: Rouhani re-elected as president with 58% of the votes

20th May 2017
Iran: Rouhani re-elected as president with 58% of the votes

By Mustafa Melih Ahsali

 

TEHRAN (AA): Reformist leader Hassan Rouhani on Saturday won a second term as Iran’s president, according to unofficial results.

Rouhani grabbed 23,549,616 votes out the total 41,220,131, while his rival Ebrahim Raeisi, a principlist candidate, received 15,786,449 ballots.on votes cast during Friday’s election, the head of election committee, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, announced.

“Rouhani has won 58.5 percent of the votes against 39.7 percent for Raisi,” Ahmadi said.

Out of over 56 million Iranians who were eligible to vote in the 12th presidential election, over 40 millions took part in the event.

TEHRAN, IRAN - MAY 19: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY – MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Iran's current President and presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani casts his ballot at Husayniyyah-yi Irshad polling station during Iran's 12th presidential election, in Tehran, Iran on May 19, 2017. ( Presidency of Iran / Handout - Anadolu Agency )
[Iran’s current President and presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani casts his ballot at Husayniyyah-yi Irshad polling station during Iran’s 12th presidential election, in Tehran, Iran on May 19, 2017. ( Presidency of Iran / Handout – Anadolu Agency )]

The 12th presidential election was held nationwide and in 102 world countries on May 19.

The interior minister went on to say that Mostafa Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Tab, two other hopefuls, won 478,215 and 215,450 votes respectively.

Iranians headed to the polls Friday to elect a new president and provincial council members.

Additional repor by The Muslim News

[Photo: Voters cast their ballots at Husayiniyah-yi Irshad mosque during Iran’s 12th presidential election, in Tehran, Iran on May 19, 2017. Photographer: Muhabiri Fatemeh Bahrami/AA]

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