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High voter turnout in Friday polls proved Iran's democracy: Iranian envoy

Politics - Iran’s ambassador to Copenhagen says the high turnout of the Iranian people in the country’s 11th presidential election was a strong proof of the democratic system in the Islamic Republic.

“The massive, remarkable and unprecedented presence of the Iranian nation in the election confirmed the fact that the enemies of the Islamic establishment had failed [to achieve] their goal,” Hamid Bayat said in a televised interview on Saturday.

The Islamic establishment has always attached significance to popular vote since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, he added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran can be confidently regarded as the most democratic system in the region and the presidential election across the country marked by massive public participation is all the more reason for [the existence of] a democratic system in Iran,” the envoy pointed out.

He added that the enemies have always made efforts to drive a wedge between the people and the Islamic establishment by imposing cruel and anti-humane sanctions on the country, but the Iranian nation once again disappointed the enemies buy turning out in large numbers in the election.

On Friday, millions of Iranians cast their ballots to choose the country’s 11th president as well as their representatives in City and Village Councils.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians, including more than 1.6 million first-time voters, were eligible to vote in the June 14 elections.

The voter turnout in Iran’s 11th presidential election has been around 80 percent, according to informed sources.

According to the vote tally so far, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rohani is in the lead, with Principlist candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf coming in a distant second.

 

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