Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a televised speech after he won the election, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Rouhani says that the message of Friday's election that gave him another four-year term is one of Iran living in peace and friendship with the world.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a televised speech after he won the election, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Rouhani says that the message of Friday's election that gave him another four-year term is one of Iran living in peace and friendship with the world. AP Photo - Ebrahim Noroozi

Moderate Hassan Rouhani wins Iranian election in landslide

MODERATE Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected in a landslide victory.

The reformist president won an unexpectedly decisive 57 per cent of the vote over his hardliner opponent.

He said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world.

"The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world, a path which is distant from extremism and violence," Mr Rouhani said in his first speech after the victory.

"The election is now over. I am the president of the nation and need assistance from every single Iranian, even those who oppose me and my policies."

Rouhani, long known as a cautious and mild-mannered establishment insider, reinvented himself as a bold champion of reform during the election campaign.

His main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received 38 per cent of the vote.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose country has had no diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980, said he hoped Rouhani would use his second term to end Tehran's ballistic missile programme and what he called its network of terrorism.

Iran denies any involvement in terrorism and says its missile programme, which U.S. President Donald Trump recently targeted with new sanctions, is purely for defence purposes.

Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate after he won the presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hassan Rouhani have poured into the streets of Tehran as night falls to celebrate the incumbent's re-election.
Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate after he won the presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hassan Rouhani have poured into the streets of Tehran as night falls to celebrate the incumbent's re-election. AP Photo - Ebrahim Noroozi

Thousands of people gathered in central Tehran to celebrate Rouhani's victory.

Videos on social media showed young people clapping and chanting "We love you Hassan Rouhani, we support you."

Some youngsters wore wristbands in violet, the colour of Rouhani's campaign.

Others wore green, representing the reformist movement crushed by security forces after a 2009 election, whose leaders have been under house arrest since 2011.

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