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Defeated Iran candidate Raisi claims poll violations

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Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi arrives to cast his ballot for the presidential elections at a polling station in southern Tehran on May 19, 2017. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Iran’s defeated hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi denounced numerous “violations” in the conduct of Friday’s election that saw the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, and called for an investigation.

In a letter to the Guardian Council, which oversees elections, Raisi called for “the investigation of certain violations committed before and during the election”, according to the Fars news agency.

It said Raisi, a 56-year-old jurist and cleric, had sent hundreds of pages of documents supporting his allegations.

The conservative camp had complained of violations before polling had even closed on Friday.

Rouhani, a moderate cleric, was declared the winner on Saturday with 57 percent of the vote against 38 percent for Raisi — and the complaint is not expected to invalidate the results.

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