Iranian President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian: If it weren’t for Khamenei, my name wouldn’t have come out of the ballot boxes as the winner

Iranian President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian confirmed after winning the presidential elections that if it weren’t for Khamenei, his name would not have emerged as the winner from the ballot boxes.

“The elections were held in a calm atmosphere,” Pezeshkian said in his first speech after the victory, which he delivered from the burial site of Iran’s former leader, Ruhollah Khomeini.

In another part of his speech on Saturday, Masoud Pezeshkian also stressed that he did not make “false promises” during the election campaign, and criticized the regime’s officials who had been making promises for “years” and had not fulfilled them.

He added: “This is the biggest problem we, the officials, have with the people.”

After the election results were announced by the Interior Ministry, Pezeshkian’s campaign spokesman announced that he would hold a press conference, with the media present, but it was announced that the conference had been cancelled, and that the president-elect would meet with the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, instead.

Without mentioning the details of what happened between Khamenei and Pezeshkian, Iranian media reported that the Iranian leader congratulated him, expressed his satisfaction with the “increased participation” in the second round of the presidential elections, and gave him “recommendations.”

This is despite the fact that field reports indicated a “low” popular participation in the elections, and pictures and videos of empty polling stations were published in various cities across Iran.

Pezeshkian did not explain the reasons for his concerns before the results were announced, but some reformists and his supporters thanked Iran’s acting president, Mohammad Mokhber, for what they called the “credibility of announcing the election results,” after confirming his victory over Saeed Jalili.

The Iranian Interior Ministry announced today, Saturday, that Masoud Pezeshkian was able to secure victory in the second round of elections for the presidency of Iran for the next 4 years, by obtaining 16 million, 384 thousand, and 157 votes, after competing with the other candidate, Saeed Jalili, who obtained 13 million, 538 thousand, and 179 votes.

The Ministry of Interior added that 30 million, 530 thousand, and 157 citizens participated in the second round of the 14th Iranian presidential elections.

In the first round, only 40 percent of the 61 million eligible voters participated in the presidential election, which was the lowest turnout in any presidential election since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

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