Iran's moderate President Rouhani easily won re-election

A campaign poster of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
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Iran's incumbent President Hassan Rouhani easily won re-election Friday, taking 57 percent of the vote in official tallies released Saturday. A moderate who negotiated the nuclear deal Iran made with the U.S. during the Obama administration, Rouhani was challenged by Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner who was believed to be favored by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and who would have scrapped the nuclear agreement.

Rouhani's campaign emphasized "social and political freedom" and engagement with the world. "I am proud of [Rouhani] because he showed all of the world we are a good country," a voter in Tehran told CNN. "Our goal is peace for our world. And I am proud of my president."

No sitting Iranian president has lost an election since 1981.

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