Ebrahim Raisi elected as Iran’s next president

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Iran’s ultraconservative cleric, Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as Iran’s eighth president, according to figures released Saturday by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

Raisi, 60, won 61.95 percent of the vote on a voter turnout of 48.8 percent – the lowest turnout for a presidential election since the 1979 revolution. Raisi got 28,933,004 votes, aljazeera reports.

He will take over from President Hassan Rouhani in early August, who was not allowed by the constitution to run for a third consecutive term.

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“I congratulate the people on their choice,” said outgoing moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who has served the maximum of two consecutive four-year terms and leaves office in August.

Iran’s president is the second-highest-ranking official in the country, after the supreme leader.

In second place by a wide margin was the ultraconservative Mohsen Rezai, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who won 11.8 percent.

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He was followed in third place by the only reformist left in the race, former central bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati, who scored 8.4 percent.

Last placed out of the four candidates was another ultraconservative, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, who won 3.5 percent.

Over 3.7 million ballots were declared void — more votes than were won by second-placed Rezai.

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Raisi has been accused of systematically sending as many as 3,000 people to slaughter in 1988.

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