Tehran: Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi wins presidential election in Iran

Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential election in Iran. The top candidate of the hardliners received at least 17.8 million votes, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday morning. A total of 28.6 million votes were cast. Raisi will succeed Hassan Ruhani, who was no longer allowed to run for election after two terms in office. The swearing-in of the new president is planned for August.

The 60-year-old justice chief Raisi failed four years ago because of Ruhani, this time his way to the presidential office was much easier. This also led to violent protests in their own ranks – and to great disinterest on the part of the people in an election that was widely perceived as being staged and undemocratic.

Published: 06/19/2021, 10:03 am

Last updated: 19.06.2021, 21 minutes ago