The Iranian Interior Ministry has declared results of the Friday presidential election, putting President Hassan Rouhani in the lead with over 50 percent so far.
So far he has secured 56.88 percent of the vote – a total of 22,796,468 votes out of the 40,076,729 votes cast. A total of 38,914,470 ballots were declared valid, reported Press TV.
According to the report, vote counting is underway but Rouhani is the clear winner.
Press TV stated that the candidate with the second largest number of votes was Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who garnered 15,452,194 votes, according to the Interior Ministry.
Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, the other two candidates, so far received 455,211 and 210,597 votes respectively.
Ali Asghar Ahmadi, the head of the Election Committee of Iran’s Interior Ministry, who announced the early results, also said that Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli would announce the final results of the election at 2pm Iran time on Saturday, Press TV reported.
Six candidates had been approved by the Guardian Council to run in the election but in the days leading up to the polls, two candidates withdrew.