The outgoing president Ahmadinejad meets with the president-elect Rouhani

Iran presidential candidate Hassan Rohani

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a meeting with President-elect Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Tuesday.

During the meeting, President Ahmadinejad felicitated his successor on his election as Iran’s new president, and prayed for his success in the management of the country.

Millions of Iranians on Friday went to the polling centers to vote in the country’s 11th presidential and 4th city and village councils elections.

Polling stations opened at 8 am (0330 GMT) Friday and were scheduled to close at 6:00 pm (1330 GMT) before the Interior Ministry was made to extend the voting hours for several times due to the large voter turnout.

Polling was heavy since the very beginning. Reports from various media outlets said Friday morning that large numbers of people had queued behind closed doors before polling stations opened.

Thousands of additional ballot papers were sent to various Iranian cities after local electoral authorities from different constituencies across the country asked the Interior Ministry to send them more papers due to the unexpectedly large public turnout.

Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced Saturday evening that from a total number of 36,704,156 ballots cast in Iran’s 11th presidential election on Friday June 14, Rouhani won 18,613,329 votes while his main rival Mohammad Qalibaf could secure only 6,077,292 votes.

Hassan Rouhani, born on November 12, 1948, is an Iranian politician and Shiite Jurisprudent.

He has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Expediency Council since 1991, member of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992.

Rouhani has been also vice-speaker of the 4th and 5th terms of the Iranian Parliament and secretary of the SNSC from 1989 to 2005. He was the country’s top negotiator with the world powers on Iran’s nuclear program from 2003 to 2005.

By Fars News


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