May 20, 2017 / 8:10 AM / 4 months ago

Iran state TV congratulates President Rouhani's re-election - TV

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote during the presidential election in Tehran, Iran, May 19, 2017. TIMA via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s state television congratulated President Hassan Rouhani for winning a re-election by handing an emphatic defeat to his hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi.

Rouhani won 22.8 million votes in Friday’s hard-fought contest, compared to 15.5 million for Raisi, with 38.9 million votes counted, the Interior Ministry said, adding more votes were still to be tallied.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi Editing by Jeremy Gaunt

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