Saeed Jalili calls for working for Iran’s progress after losing presidential election | Masoud Pezeshkian | Iran Elections 2024 | latest | WORLD

The Iranian ultraconservative called on Saturday to work for the progress of the country after confirming his defeat in the second round of the presidential elections on Friday, in which the reformist won .

The competition is until election day. After the election, we all have to respect the people’s choice and use all our capacity and talent for the progress of the country”he declared Jalili to state television.

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According to the official results announced by the Iran Election Commission, Pezeshkiana 69-year-old heart surgeon, won 53.6% of the votes compared to 44.3% of Jalili58-year-old former anti-Western Iranian chief nuclear negotiator.

Jaliliwhich has been described as a “true product of the Islamic Revolution”, He assured during the campaign that he would follow the policies of the ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisiwho died in a helicopter accident in May, a message that has not resonated with the electorate.

The electoral body also reported a 49.8% turnout of the electorate, which represents an improvement compared to the 39.9% of the first round, which was the lowest turnout in the 45 years of the Islamic Republic.

This record of abstention was a hard blow to the Islamic Republicwhich has always attached great importance to the number of voters as a proof of its legitimacy.

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