Rouhani re-elected Iranian president comfortably

More than 41.2 million people voted out of the 56 million who were eligible to do so.

His reelection served as a stamp of approval for the 2015 nuclear agreement that Iran signed with six world powers under which Tehran has curbed its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

Norway's foreign minister is welcoming the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The more empowered the nation's moderate faction is when the supreme leader's rule comes to an end, the better the prospects will be for more radical reform in the medium-term.

Monthly inflation has been tamed to less than 8 percent from above 40 percent, and the International Monetary Fund expects Iran's economy to grow 3.3 percent this year after contracting by 6.8 percent in 2013.

Assad congratulated Rouhani on winning a second term and for earning "the trust the Iranian people gave him to continue bolstering Iran's position and role", according to a statement carried by Syrian state news agency SANA.

A supporter of President Hassan Rouhani carries his poster during a rally in Teheran on Wednesday.

A statement on Kremlin website Saturday did not give the text of the message, but said Putin "confirmed his readiness to continue active joint work on the further development of Russian-Iranian partnership cooperation both on the bilateral and worldwide agenda". Russian engineers previous year began expanding Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. "His renewed term promises tougher economic reforms inside the country to boost the confidence of foreign companies looking to invest in Iran".

Rouhani's defeated rival, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of Khamenei, said in his first comments after the election that the nearly 16 million voters who supported him must not be ignored.

More than 99 percent of the ballots have been counted.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, after securing a decisive re-election, has pledged to open the country to the world and deliver freedom its people have yearned for.

Hashemitaba was among the first to predict an outright win for Rouhani as he offered his congratulations Saturday morning.

"Iran's nation chose the path of interaction with the world, away from violence and extremism", the 68-year-old reformist said in a televised speech on Saturday.

"The victor of yesterday's elections, is you (the Iranian people), and the Islamic establishment, which has managed to win the increasing trust of this big nation despite the enemies' plot and effort", Khamenei said.

Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahmani Fazli said Raisi received 38.5%, or 15.7m votes - not enough to take the election to a second round.

Friday's vote in Iran was the revenge of the moderates.

Earlier Rouhani's chief of staff Hamid Aboutalebi tweeted that Rouhani had won 60 percent of the vote.

Council elections were held alongside the presidential vote and the results were announced on Sunday.

  • Leroy Wright