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Polls open in Iran election

Polls open in Iran election
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has voted in the country’s parliamentary election.

Polling stations opened this morning with many voters reportedly threatening to stay away from the polls.

The two main opposition groups are not fielding candidates and their respective leaders are under house arrest.

But Khamenei appeared to be appealing to nationalist sentiment. He said: “These days there are many threats against the Iranian people. You hear them everywhere. The arrogant powers have failed in various domaines. They don’t stop making a noise.”

In the absence of reformist opposition, the vote comes down to a contest between conservatives.

Iran’s pro-regime hardliners have effectively crushed the opposition.

Under Iranian law, candidates and their supporters have only one week to campaign.

This is the first major poll since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.