Dutch-Iranians queue to vote in first Iranian election since nuclear deal
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 15:44
The embassy in The Hague is the only place in the Netherlands where Iranians can vote in this election. Officials say more than 40 million people voted.
Polls open in Iran for presidential and city council elections on Friday morning.
"I believe that the presidential election is very important".
They explained that partial or extraordinary elections are being held to fill several empty seats in the Majlis (Parliament) in the cities of Isfahan (in the homonymous province), Maragheh, Ahar, Heris (East Azerbaijan), Ajabshir, Bastak, Parsian and Bandar Lengeh (Hormuzgan). Millions of Iranians vo.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election by a wide margin, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world.
Rowhani's main rival of the four candidates is Ebrahim Raisi, an arch-conservative cleric and lawyer.
"We made the victory again".
With official announcement of Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli voting hours were extended till 8 p.m.
Preliminary vote tallies earlier had Rouhani ahead with 22.8 million votes, out of 38.9 million counted so far. Iran has 56.4 million eligible voters. Analysts have said a higher turnout would likely benefit Rouhani.
Rouhani's central first-term achievement was a deal with six powers led by the United States that eased crippling economic sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme. Raisi ran a populist campaign, vowing to fight corruption and fix the economy while boosting welfare payments to the poor.
Polls close at 6pm local time, although authorities often extend voting into the evening.
Although considered a moderate by Iranian standards, Rouhani was nonetheless the favorite pick for those seeking more liberal reforms in the conservative Islamic Republic.
The result also delivers a setback to the Revolutionary Guards, the powerful security force that controls a vast industrial empire in Iran.
At recent rallies, his supporters chanted the names of reformist leaders under house arrest since 2011 for their part in the protests.
He was followed on Tuesday by Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, a reformist, who pulled out to smooth the path for Rouhani.
Iran has no credible political polling to serve as harder metrics for the street buzz around candidates, who need more than 50 percent of the vote to seal victory and avoid a runoff. Opposition websites have said Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi both have endorsed Rouhani against Raisi.