Iran's President Rouhani wins 2nd term by a wide margin

Large number of Iranians lined up in the polling stations on Friday to decide on the presidential seat for the next four years.

Ali Asghar Ahmad, the head of the election committee, had told Iranian state TV in the morning that almost 26 million votes of the total 40 million votes cast on Friday have been counted, with Rouhani getting 14.6 million votes and his closest rival, Ebrahim Raisi, obtaining 10.1 million votes.

He said 40 million votes had been cast, indicating a turnout of about 70 percent, roughly similar to the showing in 2013.

With over 25 million counted, the incumbent, a relative moderate, received about 14.6 million votes - or more than half -, Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi announced on state television on May 20. Eshaq Jahangiri, a candidate in the election until a few days ago, pulled out and asked his backers to support Rouhani. It's been a bitter campaign: Rouhani has called his opponents extremists, while Raisi has accused Rouhani of corruption.

Many voters at the NY polling booth had to take the day off work to cast their ballots.

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Official final results are expected later on Saturday. The average Iranian has yet to see the benefits of the deal, which saw Iran limit its contested nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions.

Realities like the nuclear deal, which was backed by millions of voters in Iran who hope it was the first step toward even stronger ties with the U.S.

Across Teheran yesterday, it was a festive mood as thousands lined up to vote, many coming with family and friends to debate and help one another navigate the complex choices.

For the average Iranian, the results have been lackluster, and Raisi has jumped upon this accusing Rouhani of sacrificing Iran's sovereignty for a fool's bargain.

Rouhani, known for decades as a mild-mannered member of the establishment, campaigned as an ardent reformist to stir up the passions of young, urban voters yearning for change.

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If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two, presumably Rouhani and Raisi, will face each other a second time in a run-off in a week.

The two other candidates in the election are former Vice President Mostafa Hashemitaba and head of the Islamic Coalition Party's Central Council Mostafa Mirsalim. That includes Rouhani openly criticizing hardliners and Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force now involved in the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. "Both might be reformist candidates for the next presidency", Sam added. And while ultimate power in Iran rests with the supreme leader, these elections do matter. Former reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, one of Iran's most popular and influential politicians, received 20m (69.6%) in 1997.

In addition to the presidential election, Iranian voters also participated in the Village Councils Elections, which started simultaneously at 08:00 am local time.

Of a total of 25,966,799 ballots that have been count, more than 784,000 (3.02 percent) have been declared spoilt votes.

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