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Iran’s President Rouhani wins re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a resounding re-election victory on Saturday as voters backed his efforts to rebuild foreign ties and kickstart the struggling economy. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed the result on state television, saying Rouhani had won 23.5 million votes -- 57 percent -- compared to 15.8 million -- 38.3 percent -- for hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi. It followed a huge 73 percent turnout on Friday which forced authorities to extend polling by several hours. "I…

Results show Iran’s Rouhani headed for re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on track for a convincing election victory with voters seeming to back his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday. With more than half of votes counted, Rouhani had won 14.6 million compared to 10.1 million for his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi, election committee chief Ali Asghar Ahmadi told state television. A huge turnout on Friday -- estimated at more than 40 million out of 56 million registered voters -- led to the vote being…

Long queues as Iranians start voting in presidential election

TEHRAN: Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran's re-engagement with the world. State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of the more than 80 million population were eligible to vote. "Everyone should vote in this important election ... vote at early hours," Supreme…

Iran’s Khamenei urges massive vote to bolster regime

TEHRAN: Iran's top two presidential candidates launched a final day of election campaigning Wednesday as the supreme leader called for a massive turnout to bolster the regime against its "enemies". Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested Iran's foes would be deterred from pursuing regime change if they saw voters flock to the ballot boxes in Friday's poll. "American, European officials and those of the Zionist regime are watching our elections to see the level of participation," he said in quotes carried on his Telegram…