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Presidential candidates congratulate Rohani on victory

Iran Press TV

Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:24PM GMT

Iranian presidential candidates have congratulated Hassan Rohani on winning Iran's 11th presidential election following a vote that saw a massive popular turnout on June 14.

Of the 36, 704,156 votes tallied, Rohani won a total of 18,613,329 votes, securing 50.70 percent of the vote, Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Saturday.

On Friday, millions of Iranian voters headed for polling stations to cast their ballots and choose the country's 11th president.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.

Rohani's rivals including Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati and Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili congratulated Rohani on his victory.

Former presidential candidate Mohammad-Reza Aref, who withdrew from the race on Tuesday in favor of the reformist camp, also felicitated Rohani.

Another former presidential candidate Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, who withdrew his bid for presidency on Monday, also felicitated Rohani following his victory.

Rohani was involved in the struggle against the Pahlavi regime as a young man. After the late Imam Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile in France in 1979, Rohani was politically active in Europe. He held question-and-answer sessions with students in Britain and France.

Rohani was elected to parliament following the establishment of the Islamic Republic and served as a lawmaker for five consecutive terms until 2000. He held positions such as deputy Majlis Speaker and head of the Defense and Foreign Policy committees.

During the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war, Rohani served as member of the High Council of Defense, commander of the Iran Air Defense and deputy commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council, and is member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also President of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research.

Rohani speaks fluent English, Arabic and Persian and has written nearly 100 books and articles as well as conducting 700 different research projects.

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