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    Iranians Go to Polls in Presidential Election

    “The country’s fate is determined by the people.” So said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as 56 million eligible voters lined up at polling stations. It’s considered a de facto two-man race between current President Hassan Rouhani, a reformer who inked the nuclear deal with the U.S. and has committed to further opening Iran to the world, and Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative populist who’s believed to be supported by Khamenei and by the elite Revolutionary Guard. Polls close this evening and a final result is expected within 24 hours.

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