Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is ahead in the polls, half of votes counted

BBC News told on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is ahead in the polls, with more than half of votes counted so far, officials say.


President Hassan Rouhani was leading in Iran’s election with more than half of votes counted on Saturday, the head of the election committee announced.

Out of 25.9 million votes counted, Rouhani had 14.6 million and his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi 10.1 million, said Ali Asghar Ahmadi on state television.

A huge turnout on Friday — estimated at more than 40 million out of 56 million registered voters — led to the vote being extended by several hours to deal with long queues.