Iranians voting in droves today for landmark election

June 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Iranians are voting in droves at polling stations throughout the country on Friday in a hotly contested election that could change the face and attitude of it’s politics.

Four candidates are standing in the poll but hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s strongest challenge comes from moderate Mirhossein Mousavi, a former prime minister who wants a thaw in ties with the West.

The country is more deeply polarized than at any time since the Islamic revolution that overthrew the shah 30 years ago, and the high turnout is likely due the participation of many pro-reformers who stayed away when Ahmadinejad won a surprise victory four years ago.

A victory for Mousavi might help ease tensions with the West. The race remains too close to call, with a run-off a strong possibility. The winner needs to get 50 per cent. if no candidate does that, a run-off between the top 2, will be held on June 19.


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