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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rouhani Wins Re-election in Iran by a Wide Margin - The New York Times

Rouhani Wins Re-election in Iran by a Wide Margin - The New York Times:

"Riding a large turnout from Iran’s urban middle classes, President Hassan Rouhani won re-election in a landslide on Saturday, giving him a mandate to continue his quest to expand personal freedoms and open Iran’s ailing economy to global investors. Perhaps as important, analysts say, the resounding victory should enable him to strengthen the position of the moderate and reformist faction as the country prepares for the end of the rule of the 78-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. With most of the votes from Friday’s election counted, the Interior Ministry said Mr. Rouhani had won 22.8 million, soundly defeating his chief opponent, Ebrahim Raisi, who received 15.5 million. Iranian state television congratulated Mr. Rouhani on his victory. Turnout was heavy, with about 40 million of Iran’s 56 million voters, more than 70 percent, casting ballots."



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