President Hassan Rouhani leads Iran presidential race, expected to win
President Hassan Rouhani has an insurmountable advantage in Iran’s presidential election, an official source said on Saturday Iranian quoted a first informal settlement, and should beat his opponent Ebrahim Raisi and win his second term.
At a press conference, Interior Ministry official Ali Asghar Ahmadi described a similar proportion of votes received.
“What’s more, Rouhani is the winner,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
The pragmatic Rouhani won 21.6 million votes in fierce competition on Friday, up from 14 million Raisi, with 37 million votes counted, the source said, adding that another four million votes remained to be counted.
The head of the Interior Ministry said that with 25 million votes certified by the authorities so far, Rouhani won 14,619 million Raisi won 10,125,000.
He said that 40 million votes, indicating an approximate 70 percent, roughly similar to the 2013 elections, when Rouhani swept his office in a landslide
Ahmadi said the final results will be announced later on Saturday.
Participation seemed to have favored Rouhani, whose main concern was the apathy of partisan voters among reformers disappointed by the slowness of change.
Rouhani, 68, who took office promising to open Iran to the world and give his citizens more freedom at home, was an unexpected Raisi challenge, a protege of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The election is important “for the future role of Iran in the region and around the world,” said Rouhani, who has an agreement with world powers two years ago to curb Iran’s nuclear program to increase major economic sanctions, After voting.
Raisi, 56, Rouhani accused of mismanagement of the economy and traveled in poor regions, speaking at demonstrations that promote more benefits and jobs.
He is believed to have the support of the powerful security force of the Revolutionary Guards and tacit support of Khamenei, whose powers are superior to those of the elected president, but
Usually avoids everyday politics.
“I respect the result of people voting and the result will be respected by me and by everyone,” Raisi said after voting, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
However, Raisi later appeared in the Interior Ministry in Tehran on Friday and complained about the lack of ballots in many polling stations, according to Fars. More voting forms were
Subsequently sent, the agency reported.
The guards and other strategists hoped that a victory for Raisi would have given them the opportunity to safeguard the economic and political power they see as compromised by the lifting of sanctions and the opening of the country to foreign investment.
During the campaign weeks, the two main candidates exchanged accusations of corruption and brutality in unprecedented televised debates. Both deny the accusations of the other.
Rouhani urged the guards not to interfere in the vote, warning that it reflects the political tension. Suspicions that the guards and the Basij militia under their control have falsified the vote
Results for hardlin Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led to eight months of demonstrations nationwide in 2009, which were violently repressed.