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

Reformist presidential candidate Hassan Rohani waves to his supporters in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on June 3, 2013.

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

Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on Saturday that 16,166,392 valid ballots – from 16,716,937 total ballots – have been counted so far (02:15 pm Tehran time).

Following are the vote totals from the results so far:

Hassan Rohani: 8,439,530 (50.48%)

Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf: 2,560,383 (15.32%)

Mohsen Rezaei: 2,101,330 (12.5%)

Saeed Jalili: 1,890,462 (11.31%)

Ali-Akbar Velayati: 977,765 (5.85%)

Mohammad Gharazi: 196,922 (1.18%)

On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the city and village councils.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.

If a candidate wins over fifty percent of the vote in the first round of the Iranian presidential election, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner.

By Press TV


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