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article imageHassan Rouhani wins Iranian Presidential Election

By Saunon Malek     Jun 15, 2013 in World
Meet Iran's newly elected president; the face of the country's ambitious nuclear program, and the icon of the Iranian people, Hassan Rouhani.
After being delayed for the fourth time in a row, the elections were postponed to 23:00 local time (1830 GMT), due to a 'massive voter turnout', reports Press TV. The first ballot was cast by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, among many others, such as that of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Millions of ballots were distributed to different polling stations around the country, and more than 150,000 were sent to the United States. Hours later, the polls closed with election day officially ending, and the counting of ballots began.
The final results of the election resulted in Rouhani taking away 18, 613, 329 votes out of the 36, 704, 156 tallied, securing 50.7% of the votes, with at least 50% needed to win. He is followed by Mohammad Bagher-Qalibaf, who comes in second place.
Rouhani will become the lead representative of Iran in all affairs, including its controversial nuclear program. The Reformist president's slogan, moderation and rationalism, chants the way for a long awaited reformation by the Iranian people.
In contrast with the violent 2009 elections, this indeed was a more peaceful and undisturbed race.
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