Reformist Masoud Pezeshkian elected as Iran’s new president | World News

Reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian has been elected as Iran’s new president, beating hardline conservative Saeed Jalili.

The country’s interior ministry confirmed Mr Pezeshkian’s victory on Saturday, saying he had gained the “majority of the votes cast” the day before.

He managed to beat his rival Mr Jalili, after promising to reach out to the West and ease enforcement on the country’s mandatory headscarf law after years of sanctions and protests squeezing the Islamic Republic.

Videos on social media showed supporters of Mr Pezeshkian dancing in streets in many cities and towns across the country and motorists honking car horns to cheer his victory.

The run-off election followed the first round of the election on 28 June which saw a historically low turnout, when over 60% of Iranian voters abstained.

Mr Pezeshkian has been chosen as a successor to former president Ebrahim Raisi who was killed in a helicopter crash in May.

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