Iran's incumbent president Hassan Rouhani wins second term

Last Friday, more than 4 crore Iranians had cast their vote recording 70% polling in total in Iran, a good record indeed.

The prime minister, in a message of felicitation to the Iranian president, said the Iranian people had chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his visionary and astute leadership, through which Iran had made significant achievements in all the national and worldwide domains.

The relations between the two nations were rooted in shared bonds of history, culture, traditions and faith, he said, according to a press release issued here by the PM office media on Saturday.

"I congratulate President Hassan Rouhani for strong mandate received".

Many female drivers held out the V for victory sign and flashed their auto lights on highways to celebrate the win in Tehran's affluent north.

"Rouhani will apply his ever-increasing efforts for the dignity of Iran" in his next term, the reformist said.

Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected for a second term, the interior minister has confirmed. While the supreme leader has ultimate say over Iran's state policies, the president still holds considerable influence in government.

After his victory, Mr Rouhani vowed to deliver on his campaign promises of creating a freer society and improving the economy.

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.

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A huge turnout on Friday - estimated at more than 40 million out of 56 million registered voters - led to the vote being extended by several hours to deal with long queues.

When Rouhani was first elected in 2013, it was taken as a sign that Iran's leaders might be more open to the West and would change the confrontational stance they had taken against the United States and its allies in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Rouhani's re-election is likely to make it harder for the Trump administration to galvanize worldwide support for European Union, United Nations sanctions or other tough action, analysts said.

"Great nation of Iran, you are the victor of the election". Rouhani's nearest rival in the four-man race, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38 percent of the vote. "I will remain loyal to my promises to you", he wrote on Twitter, which is banned by government censors but followed widely by Iranians able to get around the curbs.

Iranian president on course for resounding victory.

The nuclear agreement Mr Rouhani's government reached with global powers in 2015, under which most worldwide sanctions have been lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme, is now likely to remain safe.

Hashemitaba was among the first to predict an outright win for Rouhani as he offered his congratulations Saturday morning. He congratulated him for the "confidence that the Iranian people gave to him to go forward in boosting Iran's status in the region and the world". The president oversees a vast state bureaucracy employing more than 2 million people, is charged with naming Cabinet members and other officials to key posts, and plays a significant role in shaping both domestic and foreign policy.

The final results announcement is expected later on Saturday. President Donald Trump has repeatedly described it as "one of the worst deals ever signed", although his administration re-authorized waivers from sanctions this week.

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