Iran: Rouhani leads initial count; over 70 per cent turnout


TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has a commanding 58 per cent lead over his rivals in an initial and partial count of votes in the election, according to official figures announced Saturday morning.

Deputy Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi told journalists in a televised news conference that more than 40 million Iranians voted in Friday's election. That puts turnout above 70 per cent.

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