KDRTV NEWS: Iran`s top judge Ebrahim Raisi is already sanctioned by the US despite clear indications that he is set to the next President of Iran.
A partial vote count has indicated that the Hardliner Mr. Raisi is leading.
Iran`s top judge has beaten three candidates in the elections that saw other several candidates being barred from contesting.
Reports indicate that Mr. Raisi had been sanctioned by the US over past executions of political prisoners.
Victims of Ebrahim Raisi speak as Iran prepares to make him president https://t.co/9HEDRCShfo "Farideh Goudarzi, who was jailed for being part of a banned political group, told MailOnline how Raisi watched guards drop her baby on the floor as part of one brutal interrogation…"
— Alireza Jafarzadeh (@A_Jafarzadeh) June 17, 2021
Some of the victims of Mr. Raisi have spoken as Iran prepares to welcome him as the next President after Hassan Rouhani
Raisi is the currently second-ranking official in the country after the supreme leader.
The outgoing President Hassan Rouhani and three other rivals have congratulated Mr. Raisi for victory.
“I congratulate the people on their choice,” said Rouhani. “My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election and who is elected today by the people.”
State TV announced that Mr. Raisi so far has about 18 million votes of 28 million votes cast. This is 62 percent.
59 million Iranians were eligible to vote but only 28 million voted.
Before the polls, 600 hopefuls including 40 women registered for the presidential race.
However, only seven men were approved last month by 12 jurists and theologians on the hardline Guardian Council.
Three of the seven candidates pulled out of the election before polling day.
Many dissidents and reformists protested and called for boycotts after many candidates were disqualified from the race.