ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday felicitated newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
The prime minister took to the twitter to congratulate to Excellency brother Ebrahim Raisi on his landmark victory in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 13th Presidential elections.
Imran Khan said he look forward to working with him for further strengthening of our fraternal ties and for regional peace, progress and prosperity.
Earlier, Iran’s judiciary chief won the country’s presidential election in a landslide victory, propelling the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position in a vote that appeared to see the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history.
Initial results showed Ebrahim Raisi won 17.8 million votes in the contest, dwarfing those of the race’s sole moderate candidate. However, Raisi dominated the election only after a panel under the watch of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei disqualified his strongest competition.
His candidacy, and the sense the election served more as a coronation for him, sparked widespread apathy among eligible voters in the Islamic Republic, which has held up turnout as a sign of support for the theocracy since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Some, including former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for a boycott.
In initial results, former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei won 3.3 million votes and moderate Abdolnasser Hemmati got 2.4 million, said Jamal Orf, the head of Iran’s Interior Ministry election headquarters. The race’s fourth candidate, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, had around 1 million votes, Orf said.