89 percent of votes counted, Rouhani leads in Iran elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.15/ Trend F.Eminli /
Iran's Interior Ministry updates voting count for the presidential elections in the country.
Some 52.424 of 58.764 ballot boxes were counted and only 6300 of them remain uncounted. According the latest results, in total 32,189,621 votes have been counted, 31,106,865 of them are considered to be valid. The invalid votes are those that were wrongly submitted, or violated, and will not be counted.
Hassan Rouhani continues to lead the race with 16,413,281 votes. If a candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, he will replace incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Otherwise, a run-off will be held in a week to determine a final winner in the race.
Rouhani is followed by Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (5,073,652), Saeed Jalili (3,365,234), Mohsen Rezaee (3,593,507), Ali Akbar Velayati (1,969,351), and Mohammad Gharazi (391,840).
The 11th presidential elections have been officially held yesterday in Iran and 96 foreign countries. Over 50 million Iranians were eligible to take part in Friday's polls.
Due to high amount of people willing to leave their votes for the candidates, the time of the elections was extended several times, before the final closure of the polls.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. The Guardian Council has vetted the candidates for qualifications.
Hassan Rouhani is an Iranian politician. He has been a member of the Assembly of Experts since 1999, member of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Expediency Council since 1991, member of the Supreme National Security Council since 1989, and head of the Center for Strategic Research since 1992.
Rouhani has been also deputy speaker of the 4th and 5th terms of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 1989 to 2005. He was also heading Iran's former nuclear negotiating team and was the country's top negotiator with the EU-3 (UK, France, and Germany) on the Iran's nuclear program.
On 11 April, 2013, Rouhani announced he would run for president in the elections that will be held in June 2013. He said that he will prepare a "civil rights charter", restore the economy and improve rocky relations with the West if he is elected.