Theresa May

British premier congratulates Iranian president-elect

IRNA – British Prime Minister Theresa May in a message on Thursday congratulated President-elect Hassan Rouhani on his landslide victory in May 19 presidential election.

In her message, May underlined the importance of broadening Tehran- London relations and expressed the hope that they will seize the opportunity to broaden common interests during taking office of President-elect Rouhani.

In related news, some heads of European state sent separate messages to congratulate the reelection of President-elect Hassan Rouhani.

Presidents of Austria and Switzerland and Greece prime minister in their separate messages congratulated Rouhani on his taking office.

Hassan Rouhani overwhelmingly won presidential election scoring 57% of votes.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli announced on Saturday that Rouhani obtained 23,549,616 votes out of the total 41,220,131 votes, while his rival Ebrahim Raeisi, a principalist candidate, received 15,786,449 ballots.

The interior minister went on to say that Mostafa Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi Taba, two other hopefuls, won 478,215 and 215,450 votes respectively.

Out of over 56 million Iranians who were eligible to vote in the 12th presidential election, over 40 millions took part in the event.

The 12th presidential election was held nationwide and in 102 world countries on May 19.

The presidential candidates included President Hassan Rouhani, Custodian of the Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine Ebrahim Raeisi, former minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mostafa Mirsalim and former Minister of Physical Education Mostafa Hashemi Taba.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf were other presidential candidates who quit the presidential race to support their favorite candidates (Rouhani and Raeisi respectively.)