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Iran's Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

President Hassan Rouhani (pictured center)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has won a second term in office, the interior minister has announced.

Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, or close to 23m votes in total.

Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with world powers to limit Iran's nuclear programme, would thus avoid a second-round run-off.

His main challenger has complained about alleged voting irregularities.

Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric, accused supporters of Mr Rouhani of hundreds of acts of propaganda at voting booths, which are banned under electoral law.

State TV congratulated Mr Rouhani on his victory. Interior Minister Abdul Reza Rahmani Fazli said Mr Raisi received 38.5%, or 15.7m votes - not enough to take the election to a second round.

Voting time had been extended by five hours on Friday, until midnight, amid an unexpectedly high turnout of about 70%.

Election officials said the extensions to voting hours were due to "requests" and the "enthusiastic participation of people".


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