First Round of Presidential Elections in Iran
Iranians take to the polls on Friday to elect their next President. About 56 million people have the right to vote and can choose between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, who is the favorite of the clerical leadership, as well as for two other, less popular candidates.
Religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voted early in the morning and called on Iranians to turn out in large numbers. It's expected that no candidate will win more than 50 percent of the vote, and that another round of elections will be held next week. The vote comes at a time when Iran is deeply involved in a series of regional conflicts, such as Syria and Yemen, and is navigating the nuclear deal with the new US administration.
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