Marked by abstention, Iranian presidential election will be decided in the second round

Some 61 million voters were called to the polls on Friday, June 28, during a hastily organized presidential election, a few weeks after the death of President Ebrahim Raïssi in a helicopter crash on May 19. Reformer Massoud Pezeshkian and ultraconservative Said Jalili have advanced to the second round, according to results released by the Interior Ministry on the morning of Saturday, June 29. This is only the second time since 1979 that an Iranian presidential election will be decided in a second round.

The vote was marked by record abstention: according to the authorities, only 40% of voters came to vote. Of the 24.54 million ballots counted, Massoud Pezeshkian received 10.41 million votes (42%), ahead of Saïd Jalili, who collected 9.47 million votes (38%). “Neither of the two candidates was able to obtain an absolute majority, so they will have to take part in the second round, next Friday (July 5)”, indicates the day

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