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Liberal Masoud Pezeshkian wins presidential election in Iran

Liberal Masoud Pezeshkian wins presidential election in Iran Flag of Iran (photo:

After processing 30.5 million ballots, it became known that the liberal Masoud Pezeshkian had won the election and become the ninth president of Iran, according to IRNA.

According to the calculations, reformist Masoud Pezeshkian garnered the support of 16.4 million Iranians, while his conservative rival Saeed Jalili received 13.4 million votes.

In the first round of Iran's early presidential election, candidates failed to surpass the necessary threshold of 50% for victory. Pezeshkian received 10.4 million votes compared to Jalili's 9.4 million, with a voter turnout of 40%. As no candidate crossed the 50% mark, a second round of presidential elections was scheduled in the country.

Masoud Pezeshkian campaigned for dialogue with the West and promised to seek friendly relations. He stated that his administration would immediately work to try to lift Western sanctions and revive the economy.

Earlier, it was reported that the extraordinary presidential election in Iran was scheduled following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19. The helicopter he was flying in crashed, resulting in the deaths of 9 people in total.