Ebrahim Raisi, the hardline head of Iran’s judiciary, has been hailed the country’s new president after his three main rivals congratulated him on his victory and preliminary results showed he had secured 17.8m votes, a huge 14.5m more than his nearest rival.
With 90% of the votes counted, Iranian officials said 28.6 million people had cast their ballots. More than 41 million did so in 2017.
Official results will be published later on Saturday, but it appears Raisi secured well over 50% of the vote, avoiding the need for a run-off.
His victory means all the arms of government, elected and unelected, are in the grip of conservatives, ending the uneasy dualism
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