Ebrahim Raeisi is leading the presidential poll in Iran, preliminary results announced by Iranian Interior Ministry on Saturday show.
Raeisi gains 62 percent of the votes (17,800,000), Mehr news agency reported, citing initial results.
Mohsen Rezaei with 3,300,000 votes, Abdolnaser Hemmati with 2,400,000 votes, and Ghazizadeh with 1,000,000 votes rank next.
According to the Iranian ministry, a total of 28,600,000 individuals have participated in the presidential election.
Before an official announcement of Raeisi’s victory, Iranian presidential candidates Mohsen Rezaee, Abdolnasser Hemmati and Seyed Amir Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi congratulated their rival on victory in the Friday election.
Rival Candidates Congratulate Raeisi
In separate messages implying concession of defeat on Saturday morning, Rezaee, Hemmati and Qazizadeh Hashemi congratulated the incumbent Judiciary Chief on winning the presidential election.
Rezaee said in his message that Raeisi’s “decisive victory” in the presidential election heralds the formation of a strong and popular administration that would settle the country’s problems, Tasnim news agency reported.
Hemmati said in the congratulatory message that people of Iran deserve to expect a life with hope, calm and welfare, expressing hope that the new president would bring glory to Iran in the domestic and international arenas.
The other candidate, Qazizadeh Hashemi, voiced support for the votes of those who have elected Raeisi as the next president.
Source: Iranian media