Iran’s presidential election heads to runoff

The presidential election in Iran will proceed to a runoff after no candidate secured a majority of votes, the country’s Interior Ministry announced.

According to the Tasnim news agency, candidate Masoud Pezeshkian received 10,415,991 votes, while his rival, Saeed Jalili, garnered 9,473,298 votes.

Polling stations across Iran opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. local time on Friday.

This election follows the death of Iran’s former president, Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a helicopter crash along with his delegation on May 19. An acting president has been serving in the interim.