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« on: June 14, 2013, 03:23:12 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013, 04:00:56 AM »
The BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22898060

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Iranians vote in key presidential elections

VIDEO: Iran's election in 90 seconds: One of these men will be Iran's next president. But will they hold real power?

Millions of voters across Iran are casting their ballots in the country's presidential elections.

Although all six candidates are seen as conservatives, one of them, cleric Hassan Rouhani, has been reaching out to the reformists in recent days.

The election will decide a successor to outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

His eight years in power have been characterised by economic turmoil and Western sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.
Ayatollah's call

Polls across Iran opened at 08:00 local time (03:30 GMT) and are due to close at 18:00 (13:30 GMT). Some 50 million people are eligible to cast their ballots.

More at link including a 90 second video of the candidates.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2013, 06:40:16 AM »
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Voting hours in Iran's presidential election are to be extended, the country's interior minister says
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 12:53:43 AM »
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Results at 5:40 am BST: Rohani 52.2% Ghalibaf 17.3% Jalili 13% Rezaie 10.3% Velayati 5.9% Gharazi 1.3% Correct Vote: 5211245

There will be no runoff election.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2013, 01:18:52 AM »
Is this a good outcome? My Iranian friends say elections are rigged and boxes stuffed.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2013, 01:30:35 AM »
Rohani is rated as a moderate by the Jerusalem Post, so I think there are grounds for cautious optimism.

http://www.jpost.com/Video-Articles/Video/Iran-Moderate-cleric-Rohani-leads-early-poll-results-316588

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Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani took a commanding lead ahead of conservative rivals in Iran's presidential election, according to initial results, but his tally appeared narrowly insufficient to avoid a second round run-off on June 21.

With about 5 percent of the votes counted, the former nuclear negotiator appeared to have benefited from a late surge in support among liberal Iranians attracted by his progressive policies.

Under the election rules, a candidate has to win more than 50 percent of the total votes cast to win outright. A first round winner gaining less than that must compete with the runner-up in a second round a week later.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013, 09:34:50 AM »
Reuters is still liveblogging the election:

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Iran_Elections
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 11:52:46 AM »
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Moderate conservative cleric Hassan Rouhani wins Iran's presidential poll outright, officials results say http://bbc.in/11ge5uX
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 02:11:51 PM »
Is this a good outcome? My Iranian friends say elections are rigged and boxes stuffed.

Hmmm... sounds like America in 2012.
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