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Rouhani Wins Iran’s Presidential Election

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures after delivering a televised speech in the capital Tehran on May 20, 2017. A portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in the background.
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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has won the country’s presidential election with some 57 percent of the total votes, the country’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmanifazli said on Saturday.

“Of some 41.2 million total votes cast, Rouhani got 23.5 … and won the election,” Rahmanifazli said in remarks carried live by state TV. Rouhani’s hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi got 15.8 million votes, he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose country has had no diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980, said he hoped Rouhani would use his second term to end Tehran’s ballistic missile program and what he called its network of terrorism.

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