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As Iranians went to the polls to choose their next President, so too did the six candidates wanting to replace outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Cleric Hassan Rohani, considered to be the only moderate in the race, cast his vote in Shahr-e-Rey, south of Teheran on Friday morning.
None of the candidates are seen as challenging the Islamic Republic’s 34-year-old system of clerical rule.
Tehran Mayor and presidential candidate, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has pledged to keep pursuing Iran’s nuclear intentions.
Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, is seen as the main conservative contender. He wants to continue with the current foreign policy.
Ali Akbar Velayati, the former foreign minister and adviser of Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is another conservative candidate, backing Iran’s nuclear plans.
Arguably Iran’s most important vote is that of its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who makes all major decisions in the country, including the direction of foreign policy.
Millions of Iranians turned out to vote, urged to come out in force to discredit suggestions by the United States that the election would be unfair.
Security is tight with arrests and curbs on activists and journalists ahead of the polls.
The full results of the election could take up to 3 days to come in.
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