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Reformist hopes for step forward as Iran votes


Iranians cast their ballots Friday in a presidential election marked by a lone reformist’s bid to break through against a divided conservative field.

Around 61 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the election called after the death of ultraconservative president Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash last month.

The snap election comes against a backdrop of heightened regional tensions over the Gaza war and discontent over the state of Iran’s sanctions-hit economy.

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