Hassan Rouhani wins Iran’s presidential election

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President Hassan Rouhani of Iran

Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s election over his hardliner rival Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s Interior Minister says.

Hassan Rouhani is a pragmatist best known for signing an international nuclear deal with world powers.

He’s not a reformer.

But his emphatic win over hardliner Ebrahim Raisi is thanks to strong support from reform-minded voters.

During the campaign, he asked for a substantial mandate to allow him to push for social and political change.

Now that he’s got it, Iranians will wonder how hard he’s prepared to push against the clerical establishment and all-powerful Supreme Leader.

“Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 … and won the election,” Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV.

Mr Raisi got 15.8 million votes, he said.

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