Millions of Iranians vote in presidential election

Voting extended for several hours; Khamenei says he doesn't "give a damn" about US charges that ballot is unfair.

By REUTERS
June 14, 2013 07:25
Supporters crowed around Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during a rally in Tehran

Iranian presidential hopeful Jalili with supporters 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Iranians headed to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Friday with the reformist camp united behind one candidate, Hassan Rohani, and the hardliners split between several.

The Interior Ministry announced that voting, initially due to end at 1:30 p.m. GMT, would be extended by several hours, Iran's Press TV reported in mid-afternoon. In the past, authorities have cited such extensions as evidence of a high turnout.

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It is unlikely the results will significantly change Tehran’s policies, since it is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who wields ultimate authority.

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