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Campaigning ends ahead of Iran's presidential vote

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By Seamus Kearney
Campaigning ends ahead of Iran's presidential vote

<p>Supporters of the two leading candidates in Iran’s presidential election took to the streets as official campaigning came to an end.</p> <p>But despite festive scenes ahead of Friday’s vote, there has been tension between the moderate and reformist forces and hardline fundamentalists with fiery exchanges.</p> <p>It has turned into a tight race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, described as a pragmatist, and the hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi.</p> <p>One young woman in Tehran told Euronews: “We’ve gone forward with hope and we think moderation is the best thing. </p> <p>“We want it to happen. We want our candidate to win. We want to have hope.”</p> <p>One young man said: “I’m holding both photos (Rouhani and Raisi) to say we’re all Iranians, that unity matters and no matter who we choose the important thing is to vote and choose by logic.”</p> <p>As the campaigning came to an end there was an intervention by the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday.</p> <p>He slammed the heated tone of the election campaign, describing it as “unworthy”. </p> <p>Some observers read that as a thinly veiled attack on President Rouhani and his attacks on Raisi.</p>