>> Hassan Rouhani securing himself a second term as Iran's president, handing an emphatic defeat to his rival, Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi had hoped to draw on economic discontent to gain votes.>>
>> Touted as the darling of conservative hawks, his hardline approach appeared to put off potential voters.
Rouhani's reelection is likely to safeguard the nuclear agreement his government reached with global powers in 2015, under which international sanctions were lifted in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program. But the reelected president will still have to navigate a tricky relationship with Washington. President Donald Trump has repeatedly described the agreement as one of the worst deals ever signed.
For Iranians, the election presented a stark choice between competing visions of the country. Despite doubts about Rouhani, the prospect of victory by Raisi, who was one of four judges in the 1980s that approved the death sentences of thousands of political prisoners, was enough to drive concerned Iranians to vote for the current president in force.
It was a contest between rural conservatives with economic grievances and urbanites looking for a progressive agenda. The incumbent President, who first took power in 2013, winning the election with 23.5 million votes to his rival's 15.8 million.