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Hassan Rohani takes commanding lead in Iran's presidential election

The latest results of Iranˈs presidential election vote counting Saturday morning showed that Hassan Rohani has a commanding lead over his rivals with 8,050,738 votes (51.24%) out of a total of 8,050,738 valid votes counted so far (10:30 am Tehran time).  Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is a distant second with 1,341,947 votes (16.67%).

Hassan Rohani voting in Tehran

A wide range of reformist groups and personalities, including former presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, had announced their support for Rohani who is considered a moderate.

According to the sixth statement of the election headquarters of the Interior Ministry, the results were gained out of the 6,387,317 valid votes from a total 6,598,300 votes counted so far.

The latest results of the vote counts are as follows:

Candidate Votes %
Hassan Rohani 4,125,032 51.24%
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf 1,341,947 16.67%
Saeed Jalili 1,056,327 13.12%
Mohsen Rezaei 902,121 11.21%
Ali Akbar Velayati 521,097 6.47%
Mohammad Gharazi 104,214 1.29%
Total 8,050,738 100.00%

Millions of Iranians on Friday cast their votes to choose the country's 11th president as well as their representatives in the city and rural councils.

Some 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the elections.

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