US sanctioned Judge Ebrahim Raisi clinched victory in Iranian Presidential elections

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US sanctioned Judge Ebrahim Raisi clinched victory in Iranian Presidential elections

TEHRAN – Ebrahim Raisi, the incumbent conservative head of the judiciary, has clinched victory in the country's presidential election by a landslide, the preliminary results released by the Interior Ministry cited Saturday.

Reports in Iranian media cited that the 60-year-old Raisi has been named Iran’s eighth president as more than 90 percent of the votes counted. After counting around 28 million ballots, Raisi leads with 17.8 million votes, while the main conservative rival Mohsen Razaei received 3.3 million.

The opponent Razaei, who got thrashed in current presidential polls, said ‘I congratulate the Iranian people, who elected Ibrahim Raisi, and expressed his hope for the cleric’s success’.

The preliminary results revealed that reformist Abdolnasser Hemmati received 2.4 million votes while Amir Hossein Qazi-Zada Hashemi received around 1 million.