Ebrahim Raisi Wins Iranian Presidential Election Amid Low Turnout

Iran’s current judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi has comfortably won the country’s presidential election in a vote marked by low turnout and calls for a boycott. In official results, Raisi won 17.9 million votes overall, nearly 62% of the total 28.9 million cast. Raisi is under US sanctions in part over his involvement in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Following Raisi was former hard-line Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei with 3.4 million votes. Former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati, a moderate viewed as a stand-in for outgoing President Hassan Rouhani in the election, came in third with 2.4 million votes. Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi was last with just under 1 million. Raisi’s rivals had conceded defeat even before the final results were released. Rezaei also conceded defeat. Outgoing president Hasan Rouhani congratulated his successor, but without naming him. More than 4 million votes, however, were determined to be invalid. Local police forces announced the arrest of dozens of people across the country on Friday, some in connection with alleged cash-for-votes operations.

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