Iranian election results: Ahmadinejad officially re-elected.
The Iranian nation re-elected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second four-year term in office. According to Iran's election headquarters, from a total of 39,165,191 ballots cast in Iran's 10th presidential election on Friday, Ahmadinejad grabbed 24,527,516 votes, which accounts for 62.63% of the votes, while his main rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi secured only 13,216,411 (33.75%) of the votes.
According to Fars news agency, former chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Mohsen Rezai Mir-Qaed stood third with 678,240 votes (1.73%) and former Iranian Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi came fourth with 333,635 votes (0.85%) cast in his favor.
The Interior Ministry also said that 409,389 votes have been annulled.
The ministry's election headquarters also put the rate of public participation at 85%.
53 year old Ahmadinejad was born in the southeastern countryside of Tehran. At 19, he started his academic studies at Tehran Industry Technology University.
He was finally entitled with PhD of transportation engineering in 1997.
He commenced his political career as a consultant of the mayor of the southwestern city Shahr-e Kord after leaving university in late 1970s. During the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Ahmadinejad spent several years in the armed forces.
Afterwards, Ahmadinejad was appointed to be mayor of the northwestern city of Maku bordering Turkey.
In late 1990s, he became governor of the northwestern province of Ardabil. In 2003, he was elected as Tehran mayor.
In the 9th presidential election in 2005, he got in the first round 19.48% of the votes and was elected in the second round with 61.69%.
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