With 90% of votes counted, Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi takes comfortable lead in Iranian presidential election

With 90% of votes counted, Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi takes comfortable lead in Iranian presidential election

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf said that 28.6 million Iranians participated in the election, and that with around 90% of the votes counted, Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi has garnered over 17.8 million of these, followed by Mohsen Rezaei who secured 3.3 million.

Of the other candidates for the presidency, Nasser Hemmati garnered 2.4 million votes and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi won almost one million.

Jamal Orf said he was not offering precise figures because vote counting was still ongoing, and said he was merely providing preliminary updates.

Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi has been the Chief of Iran’s Judiciary since 2019. He is mainly associated with the Principlist camp, but is contesting the June 18 presidential election as an independent candidate.

The Muslim cleric has formerly held several other posts in Iran’s judicial branch since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the post of Prosecutor-General.

Raisi campaigned with the slogan “Popular Administration, Strong Iran” on a platforming of uprooting corruption in the executive branch, fighting poverty, creating jobs, containing inflation and stop the rise in housing prices.

Pre-election opinion polls had suggested Sayyid Raisi had secured the highest popular support among the public compared to his three rivals, and he was widely considered to be the most likely winner.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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