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No candidate has a majority in Iran's presidential elections, now the elections will be held again on July 5

  Dubai: In the presidential elections held in Iran on Friday, none of the four candidates got more than 50 percent of the votes. Due to this, on July 5, there will be a contest between the two top vote-getters once again. Reformist candidate Massoud Pezheskian will face hard-line former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Friday's election. The home ministry said no one got more than the 50 percent vote required to win. 2.4 crore votes were cast. Masoud Pezheskian got 1.04 million votes, while Saeed Jalili got 9.4 million votes.

The competition has been held twice before

The only previous such contest in Iran's history was when hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in 2005.

Appeal for maximum voting in Iran

The maximum voter turnout was urged in Iran as it faces a legitimacy crisis due to economic hardship and public discontent with restrictions on political and social freedoms. However, voter turnout this year has reached a historic low of around 40 percent, according to Home Ministry data released on Saturday.

Jalili's anti-Western views are in contrast to Pezeshkian's

Jalili's anti-Western views contrast with those of Pezeshkian. Analysts said Jalili's victory would mark a more adversarial turn in the Islamic Republic's foreign and domestic policy. But a victory for the mild-mannered Pezheskian could help ease tensions with the West, improving prospects for economic recovery and social liberalization.