The first official results of Iran’s June 18 presidential elections were released by the election commission head Jamal Orf at about 11:00 a.m. local time on Saturday. With 90 percent of the ballots tabulated, the uncontested winner, ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi, received 17.8 million votes, passing the minimal threshold of 50 percent of all votes cast. Mohsen Rezaei, a former Revolutionary Guard commander, earned 3.3 million votes, Abdolnasser Hemmati, a moderate, received 2.4 million votes, and Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh received about one million votes.

According to the local media, the aforementioned three rival candidates conceded even before the process of counting votes was completed. Abdolnasser Hemmati issued a letter in which he congratulated the newly elected president wishing his government will bring “comfort and prosperity” to the Iranian nation. Similarly, his competitor, Mohsen Rezaei also congratulated him while the other candidate, Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh addressed Raisi as “the nation’s chosen one”.

The head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, is a hard-line follower and protégé of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who the ultimate political power in Iran.

Three of the candidates declined to continue running for the elections two days before the elections of Friday, June 18, 2021, while the rest, soon, conceded favoring Ebrahim Raisi.

Mr. Raisi has vowed to fight corruption, assist the poor, and create millions of affordable housing units for low-income families, and he maintains profoundly conservative views on a variety of social issues, including the role of women in public life. The 2015 deal with international powers, in which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in consideration for sanctions relief, was a watershed moment for him.


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