Iran election 2021: Raisi’s rivals concede as outcomes awaited

Conservative judiciary head Raisi, who’s believed to have gained by a large margin, is but to be formally introduced winner.

Three out of 4 candidates in Iran’s presidential election have conceded defeat hours earlier than the inside ministry is anticipated to announce the official outcomes.

Early stories mentioned conservative head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, gained by a large margin. Raisi, a protégé of Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, was extensively seen because the frontrunner in Friday’s election marred by low turnout and the disqualification of many candidates.

Moderate candidate Abdolnaser Hemmati congratulated Raisi for successful the election. “I hope your government, under the leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will bring comfort and prosperity to our nation,” former central financial institution chief Hemmati mentioned in a letter, state media reported on Saturday.

Raisi didn’t instantly acknowledge Hemmati’s concession, nor that of former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei, who additionally conceded a loss.

The different conservative candidate, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, explicitly congratulated Raisi.

“I congratulate … Raisi, elected by the nation,” Hashemi mentioned, quoted by Iranian media.

In a televised speech, outgoing President Hassan Rouhani congratulated “the people’s elected [president]”, with out naming him.

“Because it has not been officially announced yet, I will delay the official congratulations. But it is clear who received the votes,” Rouhani mentioned.

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