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Iran election: Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has won a second term in office, the interior minister has announced.

Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, or close to 23m votes in total.

Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear programme, will thus avoid a second-round run-off.

His main challenger has complained about alleged voting irregularities.

Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric, accused supporters of Mr Rouhani of hundreds of acts of propaganda at voting booths – banned under electoral law.

State TV congratulated Mr Rouhani on his victory. Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahmani Fazli said Mr Raisi received 38.5%, or 15.7m votes – not enough to take the election to a second round.

Voting time had been extended by five hours on Friday, until midnight, amid an unexpectedly high turnout of about 70%.

Election officials said the extensions to voting hours were due to “requests” and the “enthusiastic participation of people”.

 

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