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Iran announces presidential election winner

A heart surgeon-turned-politician, Masoud Pezeshkian, will succeed the late Ebrahim Raisi

Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian defeated his conservative opponent Saeed Jalili in the second round of the presidential election by nearly three million votes, according to the election headquarters. The election was called after President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash in May.

Pezeshkian has been officially elected as the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, local media reported on Saturday morning, citing a spokesperson for Iran’s election headquarters, which operates under the country’s interior ministry.

With all ballots counted, Pezeshkian secured approximately 16.4 million votes, while Jalili received 13.5 million votes, Press TV reports. Voter turnout was roughly 30.5 million, or just over 50% of the 61 million eligible voters, according to a final update at 6:45 am local time (3:15 GMT).

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Five conservatives, one reformer: Who is running for power in Iran’s presidential elections

The snap election was called after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province on May 19. According to Iranian law, a candidate needs to garner at least 50% plus one vote; thus, after no candidate achieved this in the first round on June 28, the election headed into a runoff between the top two candidates.

Pezeshkian, 69, is a heart surgeon-turned-politician who served as health minister in the 2000s and as the first deputy speaker of parliament from 2016 to 2020. Jalili, 58, was Tehran’s negotiator during nuclear talks with world powers. The candidates were approved by Iran’s Guardian Council, a panel of clerics and jurists that holds veto power over legislation passed by parliament and determines who can seek office in the Islamic Republic.

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