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The one moderate candidate in a pack of fundamentalists won the presidential election today in Iran, as Hassan Rouhani took victory over five other hopefuls. Crowds flooded the streets of Tehran this afternoon wearing both purple - the colour of Mr Rouhani's campaign - and green - the symbol of 2009's brutally-quashed reformist movement. Here's how media outlets responded to the shock result:

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made Iran his priority since being returned to office in January

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We shall miss him. The cheeky smile, the chipmunk eyes, the Spanish Armada beard, the crackpot President who once claimed that a cloud emanated above his head at the UN – then denied he’d ever said such nonsense – and then confessed that he had when confronted with tape of his holy utterance.

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