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Published:June 16th, 2013 12:56 EST

UN Chief Congratulates Hasan Rowhani on Election as President of Iran

By SOP newswire3

Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Hasan Rowhani on his election as the next President of Iran, and commended the country`s high turnout to the polls.

The Secretary-General has been closely following the eleventh presidential election in Iran held on 14 June and notes with satisfaction the reported high turnout, " Mr. Ban`s spokesperson said in a statement.

He extends his warm congratulations to Mr. Hasan Rowhani, the confirmed winner. "

According to media reports, more than 70 per cent of some 50 million eligible voters took part on Friday`s elections.

The statement said Mr. Ban intends to remain engaged with Iranian authorities and with the President-elect on issues relevant to the international community and the welfare of the Iranian people.

[Mr. Ban] will continue encouraging Iran to play a constructive role in regional and international affairs, " the statement added.

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