Iranians begin voting in local council elections

December 15, 2006 11:18


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Iranians began voting on Friday in the country's third-ever local council elections that could prove to be a public approval testing ground for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Polls opened Friday morning and people lined up at polling stations in the capital, Teheran, to have their identification cards stamped and select their favorite candidates. State-run television showed live coverage of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, voting and urging others to do the same. State TV also aired footage of Ahmadinejad casting his ballot at a mosque in a middle-class neighborhood.

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