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JNN 15 June 2013 Tehran : Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s 11th presidential election following a vote that saw a massive popular turnout on June 14.
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on Saturday that of a total of 36,704,156 valid ballots counted, Rohani won 50.70 percent of the ballots with 18,613,329 votes.
Following are the votes won by every candidate so far based on the percent of the total vote:
Hassan Rohani: 18,613,329 (50.70 %)
Principlist Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf : 6,077,292 votes
Independent Mohsen Rezaei 3,884,412 votes
Principlist Saeed Jalili won 4,168,946 votes,
Principlist Ali-Akbar Velayati 2,268,753 votes
Independent Mohammad Gharazi 446,015 votes
A total of 1,245,409 ballots were declared invalid.
On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the city and village councils.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections. The Interior Ministry put voter turnout at 72.7 percent.
If a candidate wins over fifty percent of the vote in the first round of the Iranian presidential election, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner.
The candidates’ rankings are calculated on the basis of the total number of the ballots cast.
Profile of Hassan Rohani
Hassan Rohani was born on November 13, 1948 in the city of Sorkheh in Semnan province.
Born into a religious family, Rohani started his religious studies in 1960 at Semnan Seminary. One year later, he moved to the holy city of Qom.
In 1969, he was admitted to Tehran University and after three years he got his BA in law.
Rohani continued his studies in law and managed to get his MA and PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council, is member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also director of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research.
Since he was young, Rohani was involved in political struggles against the Shah reg
When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned home from exile in France in 1979, Rohani was politically active in Europe. He held question-and-answer sessions with students in Britain and France.
After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Rohani was elected to parliament. He served as MP for five consecutive terms up to 2000. In the parliament, he held high posts like vice-speaker of Majlis and head of Defense and Foreign Policy committees.
During the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war, Rohani served as member of the High Council of Defense, commander of Iran Air Defense and deputy commander-in-chief of Armed Forces.
After the establishment of the Supreme National Security Council, Rohani was named as representative of Ayatollah Khamenei to the council. He held the post for 16 years up to 2005. During the presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and his successor Mohammad Khatami (1989-1997), Rohani was also secretary of SNSC.
Since 1991, Rohani has been a member of the Expediency Council.
Rohani speaks fluent English, Arabic and Persian and has written nearly 100 books or articles and conducted more than 700 pieces of research.
Unexpected Voter’s Turn out In the Irani Elections
Informed sources say the voter turnout in Iran’s 11th presidential election has been around 74 percent, Press TV reports.
Meanwhile, Officials at the Election Headquarters of the Iranian Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that 6,387,317 valid ballots – from a total of 6,598,300 votes cast – have been counted at 12,058 polling stations so far (09:30 am Tehran time).
Candidate Hassan Rohani is in the lead, according to the results so far, with Principlist candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf coming in second.
If a candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week’s time to determine a final winner in the race.
On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in the City and Village Councils.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.
Voting time Extended Four Times Due to High Voters Turn out in the Elections
Voting deadline for Iran’s 11th presidential as well as the fourth city and village councils elections has been extended four times, each time for one more hour, due to massive voter turnout.
In the fourth extension of the voting time, the Iranian Interior Ministry has extended the deadline to 2300 local time (1830 GMT).
The ministry said in a statement that voters can continue to cast their ballots until 2300 local time on Friday, five hours beyond the initial 10-hour deadline.
Head of the Election Committee of Tehran Province Safarali Baratlou said the voter turnout in the Friday elections is predicted to hit 70 percent in Tehran Province. Extra ballots are also being sent to the province’s polling stations.
Polls officially opened across Iran at 8:00 a.m. (0330 GMT) and were originally scheduled to end at 6 p.m. (1330 GMT).
The country’s Election Headquarters, meanwhile, said there had been no report of major irregularities from the polling stations, where representatives of the candidates have been stationed for more transparency.
Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, are eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.
President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi are the six candidates running in the presidential election.
Over 200,000 candidates are also running for city and rural councils elections.
Incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated Hassan Rohani following his victory in Iran’s 11th presidential election.
In a message on Saturday, Ahmadinejad congratulated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian nation and the president-elect on the important June 14 election.
“I have always deeply believed in the vast and endless capacities of the Iranian nation for development and [achieving] greatness,” Ahmadinejad said in his message.
“I believe that all peaks of glory can be conquered by believing and trusting in the Iranian nation and by respecting different interests and tastes,” the Iranian president added.
Rohani’s rivals including Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili also congratulated Rohani on his victory.
Former presidential candidates including Mohammad-Reza Aref and Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, who withdrew their bids for presidency before June 14 election, also felicitated Rohani following his victory.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed his gratitude to the Iranian people for their massive turnout in the June 14 presidential as well as city and village council elections.
In a message on Saturday, the Leader also congratulated Hassan Rohani on his victory in the presidential ballot.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Friday’s elections were yet another landmark test which showed the Iranian nation’s determination to friends and foes alike.
The huge voter turnout on Friday showed off the strong bond between Iranians and the Islamic establishment to all ill-wishers who have resorted to “hundreds of political, economic and security ploys” to undermine the trust and affinity between the nation and the Islamic system, added Ayatollah Khamenei.
“The real winner of yesterday’s (Friday, June 14) election is the great Iranian nation which … prudently and tactfully confronted the war of nerves launched by the lackeys of (global) hegemony,” the Leader underlined.
Elsewhere in his message, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the president-elect is the president of all Iranians, adding cooperation and friendship should replace the rivalry of the campaign days.
The Leader also thanked all other presidential candidates for entering the scene, and said their participation contributed to the electoral fervor and creation of an exciting competition.
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