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Iran Presidential Candidate Raisi's Team Claims Election Infringements

20 May 2017, 02:13 | Erica Roy

Raisi's election would be seen as a rebuke of the nuclear deal and, as Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution told the Huffington Post, while the deal wouldn't fall apart immediately, it would "erode nearly inevitably as a result of the lack of commitment from Iran" under Raisi.

Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's election over his hardliner rival Ebrahim Raisi, the country's Interior Minister says.

With 38,914,470 "correct" ballots counted, Rouhani has bagged 22,796,468 votes and his nearest challenger Ebrahim Raisi has got 15,452,194 votes, Ahmadi said.

Rouhani has vowed to work towards the removal of remaining U.S. sanctions that are stifling trade and investment deals with Europe and Asia, but he is unlikely to receive much assistance from Trump.

Over 56 million people were eligible to participate in the election. Counting started early on Saturday (20 May) and the final results were announced at around 9am GMT.

Key sanctions have been lifted and tens of billions of dollars in assets unlocked but many ordinary Iranians have been disappointed with the results.

Around 54 million voters are registered to vote in 63,500 polling stations amid high expectation of large turnout, according to the interior ministry.

Now, having stoked his supporters' yearning for change, he faces the harder task of satisfying them without bringing a backlash from the conservatives who still control most of the levers of power.

The election comes at a tense moment in US-Iran relations.


Results from urban areas - much more likely to support Mr Rouhani - have not yet come in.

The IRNA news agency quoted Enayati, as saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran with its incoming president's definitely seeking constructive talks and good neighborliness, because developing ties with neighbours is part of Iran's basic goals.

Raisi has tried to gain support by promising more financial support to the working class and to triple cash handouts to the poor. Rouhani had promised during the campaign to further undo global sanctions in a second term, Kenyon says.

Two other candidates - Mostafa Mirsalim, a conservative, and reformist Mostafa Hashemitaba - were around the one percent mark.

He appeared to embrace a more reform-minded role during the campaign as he openly criticized hard-liners and Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force involved in the war in Syria and the fight against Islamic State militants in neighboring Iraq. And while ultimate power in Iran rests with the supreme leader, these elections do matter.

"I congratulate the great victory of the Iranian nation in creating a huge and memorable epic in the continuation of the path of "wisdom and hope"," tweeted Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, referring to the government's slogan.

Analysts have suggested a big election turnout could benefit Rohani, as high participation in the past has led to the election of reformist or moderate candidates.

Iran has no credible political polling to serve as harder metrics for the street buzz around candidates, who need more than 50 percent of the vote to seal victory and avoid a runoff.



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