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Iran’s Presidential Polls Open

The 13th presidential elections of the Islamic Republic of Iran began on Friday at 7 a.m. local time (0230 GMT).

The country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei casted his vote at a polling station in Tehran, urging Iranians to participate in the elections and “decide the fate of the country”.

Over 72,000 ballot boxes have been prepared nationwide to receive votes, Esmail Mousavi, spokesman for the country’s election campaign, said.

Some 59 million Iranians are eligible for voting, and will choose the next president for a four-year term from four candidates.

There are seven ballot boxes set up in the Kurdistan Region for the Iranians who wish to vote.

The Iranian Kurdish opposition parties have already boycotted the elections and called on the Kurds in Iran not to participate in the “unfair” elections.