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Iran: President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Iran: President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election

<p>Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election with 23.5 million votes, the Interior Ministry has announced.</p> <p>Some 40 million people turned out to cast their ballot. That’s around 70 percent of the electorate.</p> <p>The campaign was hard-fought, particularly between moderate Rouhani and his closest contender, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi.</p> <p>During a live television debate ahead of the ballot, they traded accusations of graft and brutality. Both deny the charges.</p> <p>Raisi had been pegged to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.</p> <p>He has accused Rouhani of selling out the values of Iran’s Islamic revolution to its enemies.</p> <p>During his first term in office, the president struck a deal with world powers to curb the country’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.</p> <p>Both candidates have called for the outcome to be respected. In 2009, deadly protests erupted when reformists disputed the electoral victory of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. </p> <p>Rouhani is to make a televised victory speech at 3.30pm <span class="caps">CET</span>.</p>