Iran: Hassan Rohani leads early poll results

June 15, 2013 04:31

About half of votes cast in Islamic Republic's presidential election so far go to reformist, Hassan Rohani; estimates show Jalili contending in third place; voting extended due to high turnout.

Presidential candidate Hassan Rohani casts his ballot during the 2013 Iranian presidential election.

Hassan Rohani votes 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Yalda Moayer)

Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani took a commanding lead ahead of conservative rivals in Iran's presidential election, according to initial results, but his tally appeared narrowly insufficient to avoid a second round run-off on June 21.

With about 5 percent of the votes counted, the former nuclear negotiator appeared to have benefited from a late surge in support among liberal Iranians attracted by his progressive policies.

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Under the election rules, a candidate has to win more than 50 percent of the total votes cast to win outright. A first round winner gaining less than that must compete with the runner-up in a second round a week later.


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