Iranian reformist Masoud Pezeshkian wins presidential election runoff

Iran's reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian won the runoff presidential election against ultraconservative Saeed Jalili, receiving over 16 million votes compared to Jalili's 13 million, the interior ministry announced on Saturday. The election was called early following the death of ultraconservative president Ebrahim Raisi, and took place amid heightened regional tensions and domestic discontent.

Iran's reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian on Saturday won a runoff presidential election against ultraconservative Saeed Jalili, the interior ministry said.

Pezeshkian received more than 16 million votes and Jalili more than 13 million out of about 30 million votes cast, electoral authority spokesman Mohsen Eslami said, adding that voter turnout stood at 49.8 percent.

The number of spoiled ballots was reported to be over 600,000.

Pezeshkian thanked his supporters who came to vote "with love and to help" the country.

"We will extend the hand of friendship to everyone; we are all people of this country; we should use everyone for the progress of the country," he said on state television.

The election, called early after the death of ultraconservative president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, followed a first round marked by a historically low turnout last week.

He said the first round turnout was lower than expected, but added that it was not an act "against the system".

(AFP)


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