Rouhani says Iran ready to promote relations with the world

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2017

TEHRAN, Iran - Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani leads in the Iranian presidential election by over 4 million votes, according to interior ministry which announced the preliminary results Saturday morning local time after counting almost 26 million ballots.

Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani has been elected to a second term in office with a wide margin of the national vote.

Rouhani, 68, secured an impressive lead of 57 percent in a presidential race which drew out at least seven of every 10 voters in the country.

Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi told journalists in a televised news conference earlier in the day that more than 40 million Iranians voted in Friday's election.

Election officials repeatedly extended voting hours until midnight to accommodate long lines of voters, some of whom said they waited hours to cast their ballots.

Despite the healthy margin of victory, Mr. Rouhani, 68, will face considerable headwinds, both at home and overseas, as he embarks on his second term.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of greetings to Hassan Rouhani following the latter's convincing win in Iran's presidential election, Kremlin's press service said on May 20. His administration has placed the nuclear deal under interagency review, and recently imposed new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program.

His conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi lagged behind with grasping 15,786,449 votes, amounting to 38.5 percent of the ballots.

Now, Fisk continues, "everything depends on how [Rouhani] will respond to the madness of the Trump regime and its willingness to support the Sunni war machine with more than $100bn of weapons against Iran and its allies and friends".

Mostafa Mir Salim and Sayed Mostafa Hashemi Taba are trailing with 297 thousand and 139 thousand votes, respectively.

Press TV has talked to Tehran University professor Foad Izadi, and the president of the American Institute for Foreign Policy Michael Lane to discuss the significance of President Rouhani's victory and the message it sent to the global community. "Those who want real change. will once again - and most unfortunately - be stuck between a rock and a hard place", said Mr Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst at Washington-based Foundation for Defence of Democracies.

According to the theocratic system of the Islamic Republic, Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the authority to make final decisions on all political matters.

Rouhani is seen as relatively moderate in Iran, while Raisi was considered to be a more hard-line conservative candidate.

His reelection served as a stamp of approval for the 2015 nuclear agreement that Iran signed with six world powers under which Tehran has curbed its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

"I believe that the presidential election is very important".

Others wore green, representing the reformist movement crushed by security forces after a 2009 election, whose leaders have been under house arrest since 2011.

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