Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s new President

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hardline judiciary chief, has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic republic’s history. Raisi won 61.95 percent of the vote in election.

The 60-year-old will take office in August, replacing moderate President Hassan Rouhani who was not allowed by the constitution to run for a third consecutive term.

President Hassaan Rouhani congratulated the election winner without naming him, saying the election outcome was clear.

The elections faced early difficulties, with reports of malfunctioning electronic voting machines at some polling locations in Tehran and other places across the country, and a shortage of paper ballots at others. The governor of Tehran, Anoushirvan Mohseni Bandpay, said 79 polling stations in the capital faced technical issues.

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