The Iranian Presidential election campaign has kicked off in earnest ahead of next month’s poll.
The first of many rallies have been held in the capital Teheran.
Although the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to win one of the main challengers Mir Hussein Mousavi proved he too has support for his reformist policies
His campaign colour is green: a symbol of Islam and progress in Iran.
And thousands of supporters packed into the Azadi sports stadium in Teheran.
Mousavi has backing from a former President Mohamed Khatami. He tried to liberalise Iran but failed during his time in office.
Meanwhile the current President Ahmadinejad is seeking another four year term.
He has the backing of millions of urban and rural poor who admire him from standing up to the West
in respect of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power.
His critics though say he is responsible for Iran’s crippled economy and instead of spending effort on taking on the West he should have focussed more closely on domestic issues.