Rouhani wins Iran's presidential election

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In Iran, second-term presidents typically don't fare well: Rouhani's three predecessors won second terms by wide margins, only to find themselves stonewalled by the supreme leader - encounters they ultimately lost.

"There has been some stagnation and an economic downturn but I am sure that the next four years will be very flourishing", one shopper said.

Now, Parsi continues, Rouhani "must take decisive action to protect the human rights and civil liberties of the Iranian people, pursue improved relations with the world, and promote economic growth for the Iranian people". A total of 23.549 mln voters (57% of those who participated in the vote) cast their ballots in favor of Rouhani, the minister said.

Iranians want the nuclear deal to survive, and the signs are that President Rouhani and Iran will keep to their side of the bargain. But neither presidential candidate Donald Trump's vows to "tear it up" nor Iranian critics' promises have come to fruition.

"It makes it much more hard to isolate Iran internationally when you have a foreign minister like Zarif", said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

Council elections were held alongside the presidential vote and the results were announced on Sunday. Trump and Saudi King Salman signed a series of defence agreements, including a weapons deal worth $110 billion United States, taking effect immediately.

Rouhani also stated that the Iranian people had chosen their future path after understudying different views, stressing that everybody must respect people's demand and decision. Russian engineers past year began expanding Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Although considered a moderate by Iranian standards, Rouhani was nonetheless the favourite pick for those seeking more liberal reforms in the conservative Islamic Republic. Even so, many other worldwide firms remain hesitant to re-enter the Iranian market for fear of changing political winds that may usher in new sanctions, jeopardizing their profits and any nascent ventures.

The Kremlin said Putin sent a telegram confirming "his readiness to continue active joint line with maintaining stability and security in the Middle East and the world as a whole". Even before the vote, hard-line elements routinely detained dual nationals, likely seeking concessions from the West. Artists, journalists, models and others have been targeted in crackdowns on expression.

At recent rallies, his supporters chanted the names of reformist leaders under house arrest since 2011 for their part in mass protests two years earlier.

Ahmadi says the initial vote count has the moderate cleric Rouhani with 14.6 million votes.