WORLD Raisi takes lead in Iran's presidential election with over 17.8 mln votes

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Raisi takes lead in Iran's presidential election with over 17.8 mln votes

Xinhua

16:06, June 19, 2021

Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi holds his mask as he arrives to cast his vote during presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021. (PHOTO: AGENCIES)

TEHRAN -- Ebrahim Raisi, the principlist presidential hopeful, has a big lead in Iran's presidential election, partial results announced by the Interior Ministry showed on Saturday.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Jamal Orf told a press conference that 28.6 million Iranians out of some 59 million eligible voters participated in the election.

With around 90 percent of the votes counted, Raisi has so far garnered over 17.8 million votes in the election, followed by Mohsen Rezaei with 3.3 million.

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