Conservative justice leader Raisi, who is believed to have won by a wide margin, has not yet been officially announced winner.
Three of Iran’s four presidential candidates have admitted defeat hours before the interior minister announced the official results.
Early reports say the conservative head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, won by a wide margin. Raisi, protégé of Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, was widely regarded as the first leader of Friday’s election unbalanced by low turnout and the disqualification of several candidates.
Moderate candidate Abdolnaser Hemmati congratulated Raisi on winning the election. “I hope that your government, under the leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will bring comfort and prosperity to our nation,” the former head of Hemmati central bank said in a letter, state media reported on Saturday.
Raisi did not immediately recognize Hemmati’s concession, nor that of former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei, who also conceded a loss.
The other Conservative candidate, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, explicitly congratulated Raisi.
“Congratulations … Raisi, elected by the nation,” Hashemi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.
In a televised speech, outgoing President Hassan Rouhani congratulated “the people’s electorate [president]”Without naming him.
“Because it has not been officially announced, I will delay official congratulations. But it is clear that he received the votes,” Rouhani said.
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