Iran elections: Economy, sanctions and COVID main voter concerns

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    Iran’s struggling economy, tough sanctions and the COVID pandemic will be on the minds of voters when they head to the polling stations on Friday to select a new president.

    With unemployment and inflation running at all-time highs, one of the first tasks for the next president will be to make life better for all Iranians.

    Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig reports from Tehran, Iran.

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