- Title: Hamas congratulates Iran's Raisi for election victory
- Date: 19th June 2021
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (JUNE 19, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VEHICLES DRIVING IN STREET VARIOUS OF HAMAS SPOKESPERSON, HAZEM QASSEM, IN OFFICE HAMAS FLAG (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESPERSON, HAZEM QASSEM, SAYING: "We congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran for the success of the democratic process, the holding of the presidential election and the winning of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran's President and we wish the Islamic Republic of Iran, its leadership, its government and its people progress and prosperity. Iran has always been a fundamental and a real supporter of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian resistance." HAMAS FLAG BULLDOZERS AT SITE DESTROYED BY ISRAELI STRIKE VARIOUS OF STREET
- Embargoed: 3rd July 2021 16:21
- Keywords: Hamas Iran Palestinians election
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Middle East,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EI2H2DJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Islamist Hamas group and the Islamic Jihad, both Palestinian militant movements that praise Iran for its ongoing financial and arms support, hailed the winning of Ebrahim Raisi as president of Iran on Saturday (June 19).
"We congratulate the Islamic Republic of Iran for the success of the democratic process, the holding of the presidential election and the winning of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran's President," said Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem.
"Iran has always been a fundamental and a real supporter of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian resistance," Qassem told Reuters.
Raisi, a hardline judge who is under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured a landslide victory on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.
With all 28.9 million ballots counted, Raisi was elected with a tally of 17.9 million, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on state TV. Turnout in Friday's four-man race was a record low of around 48.8%.
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