- Associated Press - Saturday, June 15, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s interior minister says moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani has won the presidential vote.

Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said at a press conference Saturday in Tehran that Rowhani obtained more than 50 percent of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday’s election.


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Rowhani was the lone moderate candidate in the race supported by reformists in a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran’s ruling clerics.

Rowhani’s conservative and hard-line opponents were far behind the moderate Rowhani who has vowed to follow a policy of detente and interaction with the outside world.