6/19, 7:37 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Candidates congratulate Raisi in Iran election

Two Iranian presidential candidates have congratulated conservative politician and Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi (pictured) on his victory on Saturday following the country's election despite no official results having been released yet.

Mohsen Rezaei and Abdolnaser Hemmati have congratulated Raisi on his apparent win as unofficial figures indicated he won over 50% of the vote.

Supported by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Raisi has been under United States government sanctions since 2019 over alleged human rights abuses. The expected incoming president has stated that he would support efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, if it is in "the people’s interests."

Breaking the News / JC