Pezeshkian Wins Presidential Vote in Tight Contest

In a closely contested election, veteran parliamentarian Masoud Pezeshkian has emerged victorious in Iran's presidential runoff, according to the country's interior ministry.

Iran (IMNA) - Pezeshkian secured more than 16 million votes, defeating former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili who received over 13 million votes out of more than 30 million cast.

The runoff election, held on Friday, followed a June 28 snap election to replace President Ebrahim Raeisi, who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash along with other government officials. Pezeshkian initially ran against five candidates and won the most votes, but fell short of a majority, sending him and Jalili to a second round.

Pezeshkian, a heart surgeon by profession and former health minister, thanked Iranians for their participation in the election and vowed to extend a hand of friendship to all citizens. He emphasized the importance of unity in moving the country forward.

Electoral authorities reported a voter turnout of around 50 percent in the runoff election. Pezeshkian's win marks his first presidency, having previously served as a lawmaker and deputy parliament speaker.

Pezeshkian Wins Presidential Vote in Tight Contest

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