Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West

Supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani celebrate after he won the presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, May 20, 2017.

With the votes from 99.7% of ballot boxes in the nationwide presidential election counted, Rouhani emerged victorious and secured a second term by winning 57 percent of the votes, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced at a press conference on Saturday.

His nearest rival in the four-man race, hard-liner and former Attorney General Ebrahim Raisi, won 38 percent of the vote, according to official tallies that covered more than 99 percent of votes cast.

Although there was widespread fear of voter apathy before the election, polling stations were forced to stay open late as many lined up to vote late into the night.

Iranians none the less flocked to the polls, with turnout hitting 73 per cent.

Tillerson said he wants Rouhani to "begin a process of dismantling Iran's network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network, dismantling of the manning and the logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilizing forces that exist in this region".

"I congratulate the great victory of the Iranian nation in creating a huge and memorable epic in the continuation of the path of "wisdom and hope", tweeted Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, referring to the government's slogan.

Trump arrived on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, his first stop on the first trip overseas of his presidency.

But he faces a stark challenge from US President Donald Trump, who is now visiting Iran's bitter regional rival Saudi Arabia, and has threatened to tear up the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions.

The result "shows that Iranian people no longer believe in economic populism and radical change", said Ali Vaez, Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group think tank. In these three elections, the majority of votes went to candidates who promised intention to approach the world not as enemies but as politico-economic rivals who must be outdone rather than fought and extinguished from the global stage.

Iran's president is the second-most powerful figure within the country's political system.

Others wore green, representing the reformist movement crushed by security forces after a 2009 election and whose leaders have been under house arrest since 2011.

Shortly after his victory there were clear signs that Rouhani is ready to lead a combative presidency.

Rouhani's opponent Raisi, a protege of Khamenei, had united the conservative faction and been tipped as a potential successor for the 77-year-old supreme leader who has been in power since 1989.

A big turnout of about 70%, roughly similar to the showing in 2013, appeared to have favoured Mr Rouhani, whose backers' main concern had been apathy among reformist-leaning voters disappointed with the slow pace of change. There are many Rouhani supporters who are willing to argue that the supreme leader had interfered in the elections by constantly criticising the president in the run-up to the elections.

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