Tehran: Congratulations on Saturday to Ebrahim Raisi for winning the Iranian presidential election, because his rivals admitted it even before the official results were announced.
The other three candidates in the election congratulated him on his victory, which was generally expected after many political heavyweights were banned from running for election.
“I congratulate the people on their choice,” said outgoing moderate President Hassan Rouhani without naming Raisi. “My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election and who is elected today by the people.”
The other two candidates — Mohsen Rezai and Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi — explicitly congratulated Raisi, as did the only reformist in the race, former central bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati.
Raisi won 62% of the votes counted so far, election office chairman Jamal Orf said later on state television as the count continued, with no turnout figures released yet.
The 60-year-old Raisi took over from Rouhani in August as Iran sought to save its broken nuclear agreement with major powers and get rid of US sanctions that caused a sharp economic downturn.