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Masoud Pezeshkian, a reformist, set to become Iranian President


Masoud Pezeshkian set to become the next President of Iran

Masoud Pezeshkian set to become the next President of Iran. He will take charge later this month. Iranian reformist candidate, Masoud Pezeshkian has won the presidential run-off, the spokesman for the Islamic Republic’s Election Office, Mohsen Eslami, announced.

Masoud Pezeshkian garnered almost 17 million of the 30mn votes counted so far on Saturday leaving him well ahead of closest rival Saeed Jalili, as per state media.

The 69-yr-old reformist Pezeshkian has the backing of former presidents Mohammad Khatami and also Hassan Rouhani, in addition to the reformist coalition.

A reformist candidate and a heart surgeon, Masoud Pezeshkian has promised engaging with Western nations and easing the enforcement of Iran's mandatory headscarf law. 

Pezeshkian (69) has served as minister of health under former president Khatami and the first deputy speaker of the 10th Iranian Parliament in 2016-2020. Since 2008, Pezeshkian has represented Tabriz in the Parliament of Iran.

As per Iran’s electoral authorities, the final results of the second round of the country's presidential election is as follows:
Total votes counted: 30,530,157

Masoud Pezeshkian: 16,384,403 votes (53.6%)

Said Jalili: 13,538,179 votes (44.3%)

The Iranian Presidential election was necessitated by sudden death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.