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Iranians vote for president, with the nuclear deal and economy on their minds

Behnam Ben Taleblu
19th May 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Heavy voter turnout in Iran brought huge lines and extended voting hours Friday in a pivotal presidential election that could either boost Iran’s engagement with the world or possibly plunge the country back into greater diplomatic isolation.

Across the nation, voters filed into schools, mosques and other sites to cast ballots after a campaign offering starkly differing visions.

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“Iranian officials are obsessed with high turnout rates and have been encouraging popular participation in this election, from the campaign stump to the Friday prayer lectern,” said Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

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