Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday congratulated Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, on securing a “landmark victory” within the nation’s 13th presidential elections.

“Congratulations to Excellency brother Ibrahim Raisi on his landmark victory within the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections,”the premier wrote.

He mentioned he seems to be ahead to “working with him for additional strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity”.

Raisi’s rivals conceded even earlier than official outcomes had been introduced.

The opposite three candidates within the race all congratulated him for his victory, which had been extensively anticipated after a bunch of political heavyweights had been barred from operating.

“I congratulate the folks on their selection,” mentioned outgoing reasonable President Hassan Rouhani with out naming Raisi. “My official congratulations will come later, however we all know who bought sufficient votes on this election and who’s elected right this moment by the folks.”

The opposite two candidates — Mohsen Rezai and Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi — explicitly congratulated Raisi, as did the one reformist within the race, former central financial institution governor Abdolnasser Hemmati.

Raisi received 62% of the votes counted thus far, election workplace chairman Jamal Orf mentioned in a while state tv because the rely continued, with no turnout figures launched but.

The 60-year-old Raisi takes over from Rouhani in August as Iran seeks to salvage its tattered nuclear take care of main powers and free itself from punishing US sanctions which have pushed a pointy financial downturn.

Raisi, the top of the judiciary, is seen as near the 81-year-old supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final political energy in Iran.

Friday’s voting was prolonged by two hours previous the unique midnight deadline amid fears of a low turnout of 50% or much less.

Many citizens selected to remain away after the sphere of some 600 hopefuls together with 40 girls had been winnowed all the way down to seven candidates, all males, excluding an ex-president and a former parliament speaker.

Three of the vetted candidates dropped out of the race two days earlier than Friday’s election, and two of them shortly threw their help behind Raisi.

— With extra enter from AFP.

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