Friday, May 19, 2017

Iranians Go To The Polls To Elect A New President

Reuters: Iranians line up to vote as Rouhani faces strong hardline challenge

Millions of Iranians queued up to vote on Friday, showing strong turnout in an unexpectedly tight election pitting President Hassan Rouhani, who wants to normalise ties with the West, against a hardline judge who says he has already gone too far.

Voting was extended by at least five hours to 11 p.m. (1830 GMT) because many people were still waiting in line, state television reported. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said that by law voting could not be extended beyond midnight.

Rouhani, 68, who swept into office four years ago promising to open Iran to the world and give its citizens more freedom at home, faces an unexpectedly strong challenge from hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, a protege of supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

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WNU Editor: The voting has been extended .... Iran extends voting deadline in presidential election (AP)

More News On Iranians Going To The Polls To Elect A New President

Millions of Iranians vote in presidential election after bitter contest -- The Guardian
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Polls open in high-stakes presidential vote in Iran -- France 24
Iran election: High turnout as Hassan Rouhani's followers vote to stop 'another Ahmadinejad' -- Independent
Iran election: It's close as moderate Hassan Rouhani fights for second term -- USA Today
Iranian Election Extended for Second Time in Close Race -- VOA
Long lines and extended voting hours could point to the outcome of Iran's presidential election -- L.A. Times
On Election Day, Iran Chooses Between Gradual Reform And Conservative Return -- NPR
All you need to know about the elections in Iran -- CNBC
A Look at Iran's Presidential Candidates -- US News and World Report
Iran's Presidential Election: What You Need to Know -- US News and World Report

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