His four rival candidates extended congratulations to Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday on winning Iran’s presidential election even before the results were officially announced.
Without taking Raisi’s name, President Hassan Rouhani said his official statement for the victor will be released later, however he knew who had got more votes and whom the masses had chosen. He said he wanted to congratulate the Iranian citizens on their choice.
While, Mohsen Rezai, Abdolnasser Hemmati and Amirhossein Qazizadeh Hashemi explicitly congratulated the 60-year-old over his victory.
The new president will take charge of his office next month as the country seeks to salvage its nuclear deal with the world powers and free itself from the sanctions that have caused severe blow to its economy.
Because of the low turnout, the time for balloting was extended by two hours past the midnight on Friday.
The hardliner, Ebrahim Raisi is considered to have close association with Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, 81, an ultimate political power.