Pezeshkian is Iran’s president and pledges to extend a hand of friendship to all | News

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The Iranian president-elect confirmed Masoud Bezeshkian On Saturday, he said he would “extend a hand of friendship to everyone” in his first statement after announcing his victory in the second round of the presidential elections.

“We will extend a hand of friendship to everyone, we are all the people of this country. We must seek help from everyone for the country’s progress,” Bezkechian told state television.

“I extend my hand to you and will not abandon you, and I also ask you to be by my side,” he said in a post on the X platform, adding: “We have a difficult path ahead of us and it can only be overcome with your sympathy, trust and cooperation.”

In turn, the Iranian leader said: Ali Khamenei “I recommend that the President-elect continue on the path of the late President and work for the development of the country and the welfare of the people.”

Khamenei added that the people felt responsible and created an enthusiastic scene and recorded a wide participation in the two rounds of elections.

For his part, Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated today, Saturday, that the elections were held with complete accuracy, transparency, clarity, and a high level of integrity, and that the people chose Masoud Pezeshkian as the ninth president of the republic.

Iranians voted on Friday in the second round of a presidential election in which reformist Pezeshkian and conservative former nuclear negotiator Alireza Shahrukh were pitted against each other. Happy Jalili.

The Interior Ministry said Pezeshkian won about 55% of the vote, while turnout in the second round of Iran’s presidential election was 49.8%.

Election officials have so far counted more than 30 million votes, with Pezeshkian receiving more than 17 million and Jalili more than 13 million, according to results released by the Interior Ministry.

These elections were held in haste to choose a successor. To Ibrahim Raisi Who died in a helicopter accident on May 19.

Challenges

During a televised debate between the two candidates on Monday evening, the two men discussed in particular the country’s economic difficulties, international relations, low voter turnout and government restrictions on the Internet.

“People are not satisfied with us,” said Bezeshkian, especially because of the lack of representation of women, as well as religious and ethnic minorities, in politics.

He added that when 60% of the population does not participate in the elections, this means there is a problem with the government.

The reformist candidate called for “constructive relations” with the United States and European countries in order to bring Iran out of its isolation.

As for Jalili, the negotiator in Nuclear file Between 2007 and 2013, he was a vocal opponent of the deal eventually reached between Iran and major powers including the United States, which imposed restrictions on Iranian nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.

Jalili reiterated his tough stance towards the West, believing that Tehran does not need to revive the nuclear agreement that imposed strict restrictions on its nuclear activity in exchange for easing the sanctions imposed on it, in order to progress.

The two candidates had pledged to revive the struggling economy, which has been plagued by mismanagement, corruption in government institutions and sanctions reimposed since 2018 after the United States withdrew from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.

The election results will have a limited impact on the country’s direction because the president in Iran has limited powers, and the primary responsibility for governing in the Islamic Republic lies with the Supreme Leader, who is considered the head of state. As for the president, he is responsible, at the head of his government, for implementing the broad political lines set by the Supreme Leader. Ali Khamenei.

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