Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani has a clear lead in Iran's presidential election, garnering 51 percent of the vote at 65 percent of polling stations across the country, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, collected 11,754,013 votes out of 23,014,873 counted by 3:30 pm (1100 GMT), the ministry said.
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Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was in distant second place with 15.18 percent.
He was followed by former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezai with 11.83 percent; Saeed Jalil, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, at 11.26 percent; Ali Akbar Velayati at 6.1 percent and Mohammad Gharazi at 1.2 percent.
More than 50.5 million Iranians were eligible to vote to elect a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was constitutionally barred from standing again after serving two consecutive terms.