Saturday, 20 May 2017

Iran counts votes after big turnout in presidential election

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Iran counts votes after big turnout in presidential electionBy Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Vote counting began in Iran on Saturday after a high turnout in an unexpectedly tight presidential election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants to normalize ties with the West, against a hardline judge who says he has already gone too far. More than 40 million votes were cast, the interior ministry said, indicating a turnout of about 70 percent in Friday's vote, roughly similar to the showing in 2013 elections when Rouhani swept into office in a landslide victory. Pro-reform news websites said Rouhani was the victor.

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