News 19 may — 16:20

Voters go to the polls to pick president


Iranians are voting an a presidential election, in which Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term, BBC reports.

Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates.

His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and former prosecutor who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

If no-one wins more than 50% of votes cast, a run-off will be held next week.

Every incumbent president has been re-elected in Iran since 1985, when Ayatollah Khamenei himself won a second term.

He cast his ballot just minutes after polls opened at 8:00 local time (03:30 GMT).

"Everyone should vote in this important election," he said, urging citizens to get the polls early.

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