Rouhani re-elected as Iran's 12th President with thumping majority

A reported 70 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. Millions of Iranians voted late.

Rouhani's re-election is likely to make it harder for the Trump administration to galvanize worldwide support for European Union, United Nations sanctions or other tough action, analysts said.

In the last election, Mr. Rouhani won more than three times as many votes as his closest challenger. Millions of Iranians vo.

After his re-election there were celebrations in the capital, Tehran, with crowds of young people singing and dancing in the central Vali Asr Square. Will he champion the release from house arrest of the defeated reformist candidates in the election of 2009? "We also hope that he puts an end to their ballistic missile testing".

Assad also congratulated Rouhani for earning "the trust the Iranian people gave him to continue bolstering Iran's position".

Tillerson was speaking at a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Rouhani is seen as relatively moderate in Iran, while Raisi was considered to be a more hard-line conservative candidate.

Nasrallah was apparently referring to gulf Arab nations that list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

"Our people reaffirmed their confidence in President Rouhani and their support for engagement with the world", he added.

Mr Rouhani, 68, who took office promising to open Iran to the world and give its citizens more freedom at home, faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from Mr Raisi, a protégé of supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

President Donal Trump, for his part, is in Riyadh, where "the Saudis are hosting an Arab Islamic American Summit with leaders from dozens of Muslim countries", and where "Trump and the Saudi king signed several agreements spanning diplomatic, governmental and commercial ventures, including an arms deal worth $110 billion", as NPR reports.

"It's over, Rouhani is the victor", the source said on condition of anonymity.

Shortly after his victory there were clear signs that Rouhani is ready to lead a combative presidency.

Russian Federation has been allied with Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Mr Khamenei said Iran would demonstrate "national dignity" and "wisdom" in relations with other countries. Its President, Vladimir Putin, sent a congratulatory telegram to Rouhani, the Kremlin said on its website.

On Saturday, Rouhani said that Iran will continue interaction with the worldwide community and is ready to expand the cooperation with other countries.

More than 99 percent of the ballots have been counted.

Iran's state television has declared incumbent President Hassan Rouhani the victor of the country's presidential election, giving him a second four-year term to see out his agenda calling for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world.

Hashemitaba was among the first to predict an outright win for Rouhani as he offered his congratulations Saturday morning.

"I voted for Mr. Rouhani", said Mostafa, a voter in Tehran who spoke to CNN.

During the previous presidential election in June 2013, Rouhani had emerged victorious by winning 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million votes.

Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative cleric, accused supporters of Rouhani of hundreds of acts of propaganda at voting booths - banned under electoral law.

Ahmadi said the Interior Ministry expects to announce final results later Saturday.