Iran's Rouhani wins 2nd term by wide margin

2017-05-20 16:01
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Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election by a wide margin, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world.

The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57% in a race that drew more than seven out of every 10 voters to the polls.

Rouhani's nearest rival in the four-man race, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38% of the vote.

The Islamic Republic's first presidential election since the 2015 nuclear accord drew surprisingly large numbers of voters to polling stations, with some reporting waiting in line for hours to cast their votes.

The 68-year-old has come to embody more liberal and reform-minded Iranians' hopes for greater political freedom at home and better relations with the outside world.

More than 99% of the ballots have been counted.


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