Ebrahim Raisi has been named Iran‘s next president, after his rivals conceded before official results were even announced.
The three other candidates in the race congratulated the 60-year-old ultraconservative on his victory following an ‘election’ that saw moderate candidates purged from voting lists.
Raisi won 62 per cent of the votes counted so far. No turnout figures have been released as of yet after voting was extended by two hours amid fears that turnout would be lower than 50 per cent.
Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani, 72, congratulated ‘the people on their choice’ and added: ‘My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election.’
Other candidates Mohsen Rezai and Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi and Abdolnasser Hemmati also offered their congratulations.
Raisi will be Iran’s eight president taking over from Rouhani, a moderate who has served the maximum of two consecutive four-year-terms, in August.
Ultimate political power in Iran, since its 1979 revolution toppled the US-backed monarchy, rests with the supreme leader.
But the president, as the top official of the state bureaucracy, also wields significant influence in fields from industrial policy to foreign affairs.