Herald on Sunday

Iran candidates concede


The sole moderate in Iran’s presidenti­al election yesterday conceded his loss to the country’s hard-line judiciary chief. It signaled the protege of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had won a vote he dominated after the disqualifi­cation of his strongest competitio­n. Both moderate and former Central Bank chief Abdolnasse­r Hemmati and former Revolution­ary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei offered their congratula­tions to Ebrahim Raisi. Authoritie­s last night had yet to offer any official results. Opinion polling by state-linked organisati­ons, along with analysts, indicated that Raisi — who already is under US sanctions — was the front-runner in a field of only four candidates. That led to a widespread apathy among voters.

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