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Reformist Masoud Pezeshkian Wins Iran’s Presidential Election

Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian has won Iran’s presidential election with 16.3 million votes after defeating his hardline rival, Saeed Jalili, who received 13.5 million votes, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Iran’s Interior Ministry said 30 million people turned out for the run-off vote.

Mr Pezeshkian, 69, is a heart surgeon and long-serving member of parliament. He was also the vice speaker of Iran’s 10th Parliament.

Furthermore, he served as Iran’s minister of health for four years during the administration of then-president Mohammad Khatami.

After the announcement, supporters of Pezeshkian went into the streets of Tehran and other cities to celebrate his victory over former nuclear negotiator Jalili.

Pezeshkian promised to ease Iran’s enforcement of mandatory headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests against the Islamic Republic.

“We will extend the hand of friendship to everyone; we are all people of this country; we should use everyone for the progress of the country,” Pezeshkian said on state television.

He assumes presidency at a hard time full of intensified tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s rapid advancement of nuclear program and its arming of Russia during its war with Ukraine.

Moreover, Iran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacking ships in the Red Sea over Israel-Gaza War has caused more tensions.

It is worthy to mention that Ebrahim Raisi, 63, and Amir-Abdollahian, 60, were traveling in a convoy of three helicopters from Iran’s border with Azerbaijan in the country’s mountainous northwest to the city of Tabriz after inaugurating Qiz Qalasi Dam. The helicopter went down in heavy fog in a remote area and all of them passed away.

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