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Iran's President Rouhani Wins Re-Election by a Wide Margin

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 07:40 AM

Iran's state television has declared incumbent President Hassan Rouhani the winner of the country's presidential election, giving him a second four-year term to see out his agenda calling for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world.

State TV offered its congratulations in a brief statement Saturday, based on vote tallies.

The 68-year-old has come to embody more liberal and reform-minded Iranians' hopes for greater political freedom at home and better relations with the outside world.

Accordning to reports, Rouhani won the re-election by a wide margin and secured a commanding lead of 57 percent in a race that drew more than seven out of every 10 voters to the polls. Rouhani's nearest rival in the four-man race, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38 percent of the vote.

More than 99 percent of the ballots have been counted.

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Iran's state television has declared incumbent President Hassan Rouhani the winner of the country's presidential election, giving him a second four-year term to see out his agenda calling for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world.
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