Iran election: polls open to choose a president – and a relationship with the west

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The choice of a new president is being seen as one of the most important in recent years and will determine Tehran’s future engagement

Iranians headed to the polls on Friday to vote in a bitterly contested presidential election that is expected to set their country’s direction for a generation. The victor will influence not only Iran’s immediate future, but the looming battle to choose a new supreme leader.

The two main candidates are both clerics, but have little else in common. Incumbent Hassan Rouhani, 68, is a moderate who opened his country to the world and relaxed controls on Iranian society, his four years in power defined by the landmark nuclear deal he secured against the odds.

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