Congratulations from inside and outside Iran rolled in for the victory of conservative candidate Ibrahim Raisi in the presidential elections that took place yesterday, Friday, according to the preliminary, but not final, official results.
While the Foreign Office summoned the British ambassador to it over what it described as Iranian voters being harassed by the Iranian opposition in London and Birmingham, the Ministry of Interior announced that no security incidents were recorded during the elections in the country. Read also Iranian presidential elections.. Why is the participation rate gaining exceptional attention this time? In light of Tehran and Washington’s adherence to their positions, how will the Iranian presidential elections affect the nuclear negotiations? Iranian presidential elections: reformists, conservatives, and criticism from within
The head of the Supreme Elections Committee, Jamal Aref, said in a press conference today that Raisi had obtained, according to preliminary results, 17 million and 800,000 votes out of the 28 million who participated in the voting. While candidate Mohsen Rezaei received 3 million and 300 thousand votes. As for the moderate candidate, Abdel Nasser Hemmati, he received two million and 400 thousand votes, in exchange for Qazizadeh Hashemi receiving one million votes, according to what the committee announced.
The committee indicated that more than 28 million Iranians participated in the presidential elections out of 59 million eligible to vote.
In his first comment on the preliminary results of the elections, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei considered the presidential elections, which took place on Friday, “a victory for the Iranian people in the face of enemy propaganda.”
Khamenei added in a tweet that the victor in the elections is the people who once again thwarted what he described as malicious conspiracies and media war waged by the enemy.
In turn, Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tehran reported that the outgoing President Hassan Rouhani visited the presidential candidate Raisi today in his office in the judiciary to congratulate him on his victory, according to the preliminary results of the elections.
For his part, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Raisi had become president of all Iranians after receiving 20 million votes, and that he should work with him regardless of the agreement or disagreement with him.
Commenting on the preliminary results of the elections, Zarif said that everyone should work with Raisi from now on as he is the elected president. In his remarks, Zarif described Raisi as a “rational man” who would lead the country well.
Congratulations keep coming
In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Raisi on his victory in the presidential elections that took place in Iran on Friday.
The press attache at the Russian Embassy in Tehran, Maxim Soslov, confirmed to “Novosti” agency that a congratulatory letter from Putin had been delivered to Raisi, noting that the president expressed his hope for further development in cooperation between Moscow and Tehran.
For his part, Iraqi President Barham Salih congratulated Raisi on his victory in the elections, and said that he is looking forward to consolidating relations with Iran. Salih stressed in his congratulations that the region is in dire need of wisdom and giving priority to the language of dialogue through establishing security and respect for sovereignty.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also congratulated his elected Iranian counterpart, expressing his wishes that the election results will bring “goodness to the friendly and brotherly people of Iran.”
Erdogan expressed his confidence that cooperation between the two countries will grow stronger during Raisi’s presidency, and said I will be happy to visit Iran – after overcoming the Corona pandemic – on the occasion of the next meeting of the Turkish-Iranian Cooperation Council.
The Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, congratulated the elected Iranian president, and expressed their wishes “for Iran and our bilateral relations with it for continued stability, continuity and prosperity.”
For its part, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) congratulated Raisi for “the people’s choice of him” and congratulated him on his victory in the presidential elections.
In a statement, the movement expressed its hope that the elected president would continue to “strengthen Iran’s honorable positions in solidarity with Palestine and its just cause.”
Raisi had been congratulated by all his rivals on his victory, before the official announcement of the semi-final results by the Election Commission.
In turn, the conservative Iranian newspapers issued today praised what they described as the popular participation in the elections and the failure of the boycott calls.