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Iranians head to the polls to elect new president


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Iranians head to the polls to elect new president

Polls opened in Iran at 08:00 local time (5:30 CET) in a presidential election that brings an end to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s eight years in power. Six candidates are in the running.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili advocates continuing with Ahmadinejad’s ideologically-driven foreign policy.

His two main conservative rivals – Tehran’s mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati – have both pledged not to back away from pursuing Iran’s nuclear intentions, but have criticised Jalili’s inflexible negotiating stance.

The conservatives face cleric Hassan Rohani – considered to be the only moderate in the race.

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