Iran vote to determine next president

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    #Iranians voted Friday in a #presidential #election in which ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim #Raisi is seen as all but certain to coast to victory after all serious rivals were barred from running. After a lacklustre campaign, turnout was expected to fall to a new low in a country exhausted by a punishing regime of US economic sanctions that has dashed the hopes of many for a brighter future. FRANCE’24 International Affairs Editor Armen Georgian explains.

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