Hassan Rouhani leads Iran presidential election vote count

Iran news headlines on Saturday include leading of moderate cleric Rohani in Iran elections; supreme leader calling participation in election as Islamic Republic winning; Israel urging tougher Iran sanctions and country possibility of Syria conference boycott in case of Israel participation.

 

Rohani takes big lead in Iran’s presidential election so far

Candidate Hassan Rohani is in the lead with a wide margin in the Iranian presidential election, according to the results so far.

Partial results from Iran’s presidential election are giving reformist Hassan Rohani a major lead with principlist candidate, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, trailing in the second place.

 

Iran’s leader says election was win for Islamic Republic

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that whatever the result of the presidential election, in which a moderate candidate appeared headed for victory, it would be a vote of confidence in the Islamic Republic.

 

Israel urges tougher Iran sanctions whoever wins vote
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has called for tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program regardless of who is elected as its new president, public radio reported on Saturday.

 

Iran will boycott Syria conference if Israel participates, official says

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned that his country will boycott the international conference on Syria if Israel will participate. In an interview to the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen television channel, Larijani claimed that the Islamic Republic believes the violence in Syria serves the “Zionist regime” and the West.

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