Iran’s Presidential Election A Political Epic: Interior Minister
TEHRAN(Tasnim) – Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called the huge turnout in the May presidential election a political epic, saying it demonstrated the people’s faith in the Revolution’s ideals and their keenness to have a share in determining the Islamic country’s fate.
“The enthusiastic turnout of 42 million people in the polls indicated the people’s belief in the Revolution’s ideals and their eagerness for participation in determining the Islamic country’s destiny,” the minister said in President Hassan Rouhani’s endorsement ceremony held in Tehran on Thursday.
Describing the presidential election as a major political epic, he said it was held at a time when the people’s turnout seemed more necessary than ever given the foreign policy and national security factors and the country’s domestic issues.
Iran’s 12th presidential election was held on May 19. Rouhani garnered 23,549,616 votes from a total of 41,220,131 ballots. The runner-up, Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38.5% of the votes.
In the endorsement ceremony on Thursday, Rouhani gained the approval of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei before taking the office for a second term.
During the event, Rouhani received his validation edict from the Leader and was officially validated into the office for the second time.
The endorsement ceremony will be followed by a public inauguration on August 5 in the Iranian parliament, where Rouhani will take his public oath of office in front of Iranian lawmakers and foreign dignitaries from 92 countries.