Iranians celebrate Hassan Rouhani’s election as president

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Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran, shouting pro-reform slogans and hailing Hassan Rouhani’s election as president.

The reformist-backed cleric won just over 50% of the vote and so avoided the need for a run-off.

Mr Rouhani said his win was a “victory of moderation over extremism”.

The US expressed concern at a “lack of transparency” and “censorship” but praised the Iranian people and said it was ready to work with Tehran.

Some 72.2% of the 50 million eligible voters cast ballots on Friday to choose the successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei congratulated Mr Rouhani on his victory, saying: “I urge everyone to help the president-elect and his colleagues in the government, as he is the president of the whole nation.”

Ayatollah Khamenei will ratify the vote on 3 August and the new president will then take the oath in parliament.

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