In pictures: Iran votes for next president
June 14, 2013
Iranian voters appeared to turn out in large numbers on Friday to choose a new president despite a limited choice of one relative moderate and five hardline conservatives, with long queues forming outside polling stations. Atta Atta Kenare / AFP Photo
There is no clear front-runner among the six candidates trying to succeed the combative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose eight-year era is coming to an end because of rules blocking a run for a third consecutive term. But influential figures on all si???
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to participate in force in the vote, damning US officials who criticised the fairness of the election.. Seda Ravandi / AFP Photo
Iran's security networks, meanwhile, have displayed their near-blanket control, ranging from swift crackdowns on any public dissent to cybercops blocking opposition Internet websites and social media . Behrouz Mehri / AFP Photo
If no candidate wins an outright majority, a runoff pitting the two top finishers would take place June 21, so even a strong showing by Rowhani in Friday's voting could face another test. Results are expected early Saturday. Ebrahim Noroozi / AP Photo
A cleric fills in his ballot paper in a mosque in Qom. Mohammad Akhlagi / Reuters
Rowhani's backers, such as former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – who was blocked from running by Iran's ruling system – have urged reformists and others to cast ballots and abandon plans to boycott the election in protest over years of arrests a???
Long lines snaked outside some voting stations in Tehran and elsewhere. The enthusiasm suggests an election that was once viewed as a pre-engineered victory for Iran's ruling establishment has become a chance for reform-minded voters re-exert their voices???
Iranian men show their documents as they vote in the first round of the presidential election at a polling station in Tehran. Atta Kenare / AFP Photo