May 17, 2017 13:05 IST

Iran gears up for presidential election

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Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi chant slogans during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Under Iran's system, the powers of the elected president are circumscribed by those of the conservative supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989. All candidates must be vetted by a hardline body. Nevertheless, elections are fiercely contested and can bring about change within the system of rule overseen by Shi'ite Muslim clerics. Credit: Reuters
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An Iranian woman uses her mobile phone as she rests at a park in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Many Iranians feel a 2015 agreement Rouhani championed with major powers to lift sanctions in return for curbing Iran's nuclear program has failed to produce the jobs, growth and foreign investment he said would follow. The normally mild-mannered cleric is trying to hold on to office by firing up reformist voters who want less confrontation abroad and more social and economic freedom at home. Credit: Reuters
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Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi chant slogans during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Under Iran's system, the powers of the elected president are circumscribed by those of the conservative supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989. All candidates must be vetted by a hardline body. Nevertheless, elections are fiercely contested and can bring about change within the system of rule overseen by Shi'ite Muslim clerics. Credit: Reuters
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Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi chant slogans during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Under Iran's system, the powers of the elected president are circumscribed by those of the conservative supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989. All candidates must be vetted by a hardline body. Nevertheless, elections are fiercely contested and can bring about change within the system of rule overseen by Shi'ite Muslim clerics. Credit: Reuters
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Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi chant slogans during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Under Iran's system, the powers of the elected president are circumscribed by those of the conservative supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been in power since 1989. All candidates must be vetted by a hardline body. Nevertheless, elections are fiercely contested and can bring about change within the system of rule overseen by Shi'ite Muslim clerics. Credit: Reuters