Iran: Masoud Pezeshkian Overcomes Rival Saeed Jalili to Win the 14th Presidential Election

Masoud Pezeshkian, a reformist and former Health Minister of Iran, has won the 14th presidential election by defeating his rival, Saeed Jalili. Pezeshkian secured over 16 million votes out of the total 30 million votes cast in the runoff.

Voting for the Iranian presidential runoff began yesterday morning, with Masoud Pezeshkian and Saeed Jalili, a principlist and former chief negotiator in the nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers, competing for the position.

Earlier, Iran held elections on June 28th, where Pezeshkian received 42.6 percent of the total votes, while Jalili garnered 38.8 percent. Since neither candidate surpassed the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, a runoff was necessary to determine the new President of Iran.

Iran’s 14th presidential election, originally scheduled for 2025, was rescheduled following the unexpected death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on May 19th of this year.

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