Reformist Masoud Pezeshkian wins Iran’s presidential election | EUROtoday

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Supporters of Mr Pezeshkian, a coronary heart surgeon and longtime lawmaker, entered the streets of Tehran and different cities earlier than daybreak to have fun as his lead grew over Mr Jalili, a hard-line former nuclear negotiator.

The election, referred to as early after the dying of president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, adopted a primary spherical marked by a historically-low turnout final week.

The first spherical of voting June 28 noticed the bottom turnout within the historical past of the Islamic Republic for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Government officers predicted the next participation fee as voting received underneath means, with state tv airing pictures of modest traces at some polling centres throughout the nation.

However, on-line movies purported to indicate some polls empty whereas a survey of a number of dozen websites within the capital, Tehran, noticed gentle visitors amid a heavy safety presence on the streets.

More than 61 million Iranians over the age of 18 had been eligible to vote, with about 18 million of them between 18 and 30.

Voting was to finish at 6pm, however was prolonged till midnight to spice up participation.