Hasan Rowhani Becomes Next Iranian President

5:36 PM, Jun 15, 2013   |    comments
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Iran's reformist candidate, Hasan Rowhani, has won the election to be the country's next president, the Interior Ministry announced Saturday.

The former nuclear negotiator pulled off the victory and avoids a two-person runoff by collecting more than 50 percent of the vote. 
Iran has more than 50 million eligible voters, and turnout in Friday's election was believed to be high. Voting was extended by five hours to meet the demand.

The strong turnout suggested liberals and others abandoned a planned boycott as the election became a showdown across the Islamic Republic's political divide.

Rowhani, the only cleric in the race, led the influential Supreme National Security Council and was given the highly sensitive nuclear envoy role in 2003, a year after Iran's 20-year-old atomic program was revealed.

During his candidacy, his platform called for the lifting of economic sanctions that have crippled the economy, pledging to open the door for more individual liberties, and to have better relations with the West.

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