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Hardliner Raisi wins 13th presidential election in Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a meeting with President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi after his win in the 13th presidential election in Iran. Photo: IRNA

Tehran, June 19 (MNN) Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi has won the 13th presidential election in Iran, following which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the President-elect.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan too tweeted his congratulations to Raisi, who is the head of judiciary and a hard-line follower and protégé of supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rouhani and Raisi had a meeting on Saturday, with the two sides discussing various issues, IRNA reported.

President Rouhani expressed hope that with President-elect’s efforts and more cooperation of all forces in the country, Iran will witness effective measures for the development and prosperity of the country, as well as the peace and prosperity of Iranians.

Earlier, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and candidates for the presidency also congratulated Raisi on his election.

Iran’s presidential election was held nationwide and in 133 countries on June 18, the Iranian official agency reported. Over 59 million Iranians were eligible to vote.

Imran Khan tweeted: “Congratulations to Excellency brother Ibrahim Raisi on his landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections. Look forward to working with him for further strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity.”

According to the local media, Raisi’s three rivals in the poll fray had conceded even before counting of votes was completed.

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