Iran’s presidential election results show a close contest between Pezeshkian and Jalili

Dubai. Trends in the results of the presidential election in Iran show a tough contest between reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian and hardline candidate Saeed Jalili. Initial results broadcast by Iran’s state television channel did not show either candidate in a position to win the election outright, due to which there is a possibility of a direct contest between the candidates who are in the top two positions in the election results.

The channel reported that after counting 1.2 crore votes, Pezeshkian got 5.3 million votes while Jalili got 4.8 million votes. Radical speaker of parliament Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf got 1.6 million votes. Shia cleric Mustafa Pourmohammadi got about 95,000 votes.

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.

According to Iranian law, a candidate can be declared the winner only if he gets more than 50 percent of the vote and if this does not happen, there will be a direct 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.

Disclaimer: CricketInFocus has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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