Iranian polls close, 70% turnout estimated

Voting extended due to high turnout; results expected Saturday.

By REUTERS
June 14, 2013 22:17
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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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DUBAI - Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president on Friday, urged by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to turn out in force to discredit suggestions by arch foe the United States that the election would be a sham.

The 50 million eligible voters had a choice between six candidates to replace incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Having been vetted by Iran's electoral authorities, none is seen a challenge to the Islamic Republic's 34-year-old system of clerical rule.

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Polling stations closed five hours later than planned in the capital Tehran because of what Iranian state media reported were large queues of people waiting to cast their vote. Voting was extended by four hours across the rest of the country.

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