May 19, 2017

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION:

Huge turnout as Iranians deliver verdict on Rouhani (ERIC RANDOLPH AND ALI NOORANI,  May 19, 2017, AFP)

There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed by cheering supporters as he cast his ballot in a mosque in the city center.

"The enthusiastic participation of Iranians in the election reinforces our national power and security," he said, as polling stations reported morning queues were far bigger than usual.

Rouhani, who has framed the vote as a choice between greater civil liberties and "extremism", faces stiff competition from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, 56, who has positioned himself as a defender of the poor and called for a much tougher line with the West.

Posted by at May 19, 2017 12:19 PM

  

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