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Polling stations in Iran longer to open due to high turnout elections

Polling stations in Iran longer to open due to high turnout elections

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As a result of the high turnout to continue to the polling stations Friday in Iran four hours longer to open than planned. This, the authorities have announced.

In the presidential elections, especially the incumbent reformist president, Hassan Rohani, and the extremely conservative Ebrahim Raisi against each other.

Before the inhabitants of Iran, Friday morning from 8.00 am their voice were release, there were already long queues in front of polling stations. The opening hours of the polling stations were previously on Friday with two hours extended to 17: 30 hours Dutch time.

When that is not enough time proved, it was decided the ballot boxes to 19:30 hours to keep it open. So it was through the state television announced.

Rise well for Rohani

A high turnout, according to observers good for the moderate candidate in the Iranian elections. Rohani hopes to be re-elected because he is the country out of its isolation. He closed in 2015 an international agreement on the nuclear program of Iran.

Rohani aims for more openness to the West. His opponent Raisi wants no foreign influence in the Islamic Republic.

If none of the candidates, more than half of the votes, 26 may a second round. A second round would, according to observers more conservatives on the leg and are a threat to Rohani’s re-election.

Elections In Iran

The ballot boxes in Iran Friday morning at 8.00 am (local time) opened for the presidential election.
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Rohani is going for his second term.
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The fight goes this time between the moderate incumbent president Hassan Rohani and Ebrahim Raisi, the least known candidate, but also the one that is closest to the ayatollah.
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President Rohani brings his voice out.
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