PM Modi congratulated newly elected President of Iran Masoud Pezeshkian, assures to further strengthen relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the new President of Iran Masoud Pezeshkian. PM Modi shared a post on X in which he wrote, Congratulations to Masoud Pezeshkian on your election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Look forward to working closely with you to further strengthen our cordial and long-standing bilateral relations for the benefit of our people and the region.

Jul 6, 2024 - 21:15
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PM Modi congratulated newly elected President of Iran Masoud Pezeshkian, assures to further strengthen relations
PM Modi congratulated newly elected President of Iran Masoud Pezeshkian, assures to further strengthen relations

Masoud Pezeshkian has become the 9th President of Iran. He has won this victory by defeating radical leader Saeed Jalili by 30 lakh votes. The second phase of voting was held in Iran on Friday. About 3 crore people voted for it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Pezeshkian on becoming the President. He posted on the social media platform 'X' and wrote, "Congratulations to Masoud Pezeshkian on your election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Looking forward to working closely with you to further strengthen our warm and long-standing bilateral relations for the benefit of our people and the region."

President Ibrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash in Iran on 19 May. After this, presidential elections were held in Iran. No candidate got a majority in the first phase of voting held on 28 May. After this, the second phase of elections was held between Pezeshkian, who got about 42 percent of the votes, and Saeed Jalili, who got 38 percent of the votes. According to the Constitution of Iran, if no candidate gets a majority in the first phase of elections, then a second phase election is held between the top two candidates.

Masoud Pezeshkian was born on 29 September 1954 in Mahabad, Iran. Pezeshkian is a doctor and has been the head of Iran's Tabriz Medical University. Pezeshkian himself was a victim of a car accident resulting in the death of his wife and daughter in 1994. Pezeshkian has also been Iran's Health Minister since 1997.

Masoud Pezeshkian was nominated for the first time to Iran's presidential election in 2011, but he stepped down from the presidential race later. Pezeshkian has been described as a liberal leader and close to Hassan Rouhani, former President. Pezeshkian opposes the strict law of hijab.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer