Rouhani built his resounding win in Friday's presidential election by promising more economic opportunities for Iran's youth, as well as social justice, individual freedoms and political tolerance.
(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi). Voters fill in their ballots while voting for the presidential and municipal councils election at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 19, 2017.
Borge Brende says he echoes the sentiment of Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who said Rouhani's re-election sends a message that Iran could be serious about instituting reforms.
Iranians, in millions, are joining long queues to cast their votes in the country's 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils polls.
A statement released by Assad's office said the Syrian president sent a letter to Rouhani congratulating him for the "confidence that the Iranian people gave to him to go forward in boosting Iran's status in the region and the world".
In addition, Russian Federation and Iran are two of the three so-called guarantors of an initiative to establish "safe zones" in Syria.
Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, won 57 percent of the vote, according to Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. The announcement of the votes was based on a count of more than 99 percent of the ballots.
The country's Election Commission said Rouhani had obtained over 14.6 million votes, or approximately 56 per cent of the almost 26 million counted so far, suggesting he is on track for victory, Efe news reported.
When he was swept to office four years ago with three times as many votes as his nearest challenger, Iranians held high hopes that he could fulfil his promises to reduce the country's isolation overseas and bring more freedoms at home. She said she spent more than three hours outside waiting to vote, "but it was worth it". 40 million voters would then translates into a turnout of around 71 percent.
But there's a risk for conservative diehards that "Rouhani, who doesn't share Ayatollah Khamenei's vision for the future of the revolution, could influence the succession", he added.
Many of Raisi's critics pointed to his alleged role condemning inmates to death during Iran's 1988 mass execution of thousands of political prisoners, and feared a victory for the hard-liner could worsen human rights in Iran and put the country on a more confrontational path with the West.
Ahmadi said final results would be announced later on Saturday.
The candidate with the second largest number of votes was Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who garnered 15,452,194 votes, according to the Interior Ministry.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the Interior Ministry's elections headquarters in Tehran on Friday, Mahmoud Alawi highlighted the vigilance and supremacy of the country's intelligence forces over terrorist groups and said the forces have a close watch on every suspicious activity across the country.