INTERNATIONAL

Huge Turnout As Iranians Deliver Verdict On Rouhani

Iranians poured into polling stations to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani and his troubled efforts to rebuild ties with the world and Kickstart the struggling economy

There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed by cheering supporters as he cast his ballot in a mosque in the city centre.

Rouhani, who has framed the vote as a choice between greater civil liberties and "Extremism", faces stiff competition from Hardline Cleric Ebrahim Raisi, 56, who has positioned himself as a defender of the poor and called for a much tougher line with the West.