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Iran elections: President Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner on Friday's vote

He has history on his side as no incumbent president has failed to win re-election since 1981

AP/PTI  |  Tehran 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners' opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He'll soon find out if voters think it's enough to keep him in the job. The 68-year-old cleric, a moderate within Iran's political system, has history on his side as Iranians vote for president on Friday. No incumbent president has failed to win re-election since 1981, when Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the current supreme leader and most ...

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 23:16 IST
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