Iran presidential elections: Re-election in Iran on July 5, contest between Khamenei supporter Jalili and anti-hijab Pazshkian

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With more than 25 million votes counted, moderate lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian leads hardline diplomat Saeed Jalili with more than 9.4 million votes, ahead of hardline diplomat Saeed Jalili with more than 10 million. Neither candidate managed to secure the 50 percent of votes needed to claim Iran’s presidency.

Iran is set to hold a presidential election on July 5 after none of the top candidates secured more than 50 per cent of the vote in the polls. Friday’s polls saw a fierce contest. The only moderate candidate surprisingly came out ahead of the supreme leader’s hardline disciple in the vote count. With more than 25 million votes counted on Saturday, moderate lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian is leading by more than 9.4 million votes over hardline diplomat Saeed Jalili with more than 10 million votes, according to provisional results released by the ministry. Neither of the two candidates managed to secure the 50 per cent vote needed to claim Iran’s presidency.

According to Iranian law, a candidate can be declared the winner only if he gets more than 50 percent of the vote, and if that does not happen, there will be a straight contest between the top two candidates. In Iran’s presidential electoral history, this has happened only once in 2005 when hardline Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Islami said the result would need formal approval by the country’s Guardian Council, but the candidates have not challenged the result.

Voting for the presidential election was held in Iran on Friday. Iran’s hardline President Ibrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash in May, due to which the presidential election was held in the country. This election is taking place at a time when there is widespread tension in West Asia over the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas and Iran has been facing an economic crisis for the last several years.

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