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Iran Elections: Iranians Vote for the Islamic Republic’s Next President

Friday's presidential election in Iran is unlikely to bring significant change to the Islamic republic, whose supreme leader has ensured hard-line candidates dominate the field. But the sole moderate could upset the race. Reuters World brings you live coverage of the elections, including in-depth reporting, analysis, photography, interactive graphics, video and more for this event.

  • Moderate Rohani wins Iran presidential election in landslide

    Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani won Iran's presidential election on Saturday, the interior ministry said, scoring a surprising landslide victory over conservative hardliners without the need of a second round run-off.

    Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on state television that Rohani secured just over 50 percent of the ballot based on a 72 percent turnout of 50 million eligible voters.
    "Mr Hassan Rohani ... got the absolute majority of votes and was elected as president," Najjar said.

    The outcome will not soon transform Iran's long tense relations with the West, call into question its disputed pursuit of nuclear power or lessen its support of Syria's president in the civil war there - matters of national security that remain the domain of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    But the president runs the economy and wields important influence in decision-making and Rohani's meteoric rise could offer latitude for a thaw in Iran's foreign relations and more social freedoms at home after eight years of confrontation and repression under hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was legally barred from seeking a third consecutive term.

    Though an establishment figure, Rohani is a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his nuanced, conciliatory approach.
    He has pledged to promote a policy of "constructive interaction with the world" and to enact a domestic "civil rights charter".

    Further reading:
    Profile of Hassan Rohani, Iran's president-elect
    Iran's electorate lays down blunt message for change
    Arabs put cautious hopes in new Iranian president
    Rights groups criticize Iran for pre-election harassment
    Timeline of recent events in Iran
    by Yeganeh.Torbati edited by Marcus.George 6/15/2013 4:22:58 PM
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