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March 2, 2012 12:03 pm

Iran Election Polls Open, Outisde Monitors Not Allowed into Country

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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: wiki commons.

VOA – Iranians across the country are choosing a new parliament, in a vote seen as a test between conservatives who support and others who oppose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Some 3,400 candidates are vying for seats in the 290-member parliament. Friday’s election, which is the first since the disputed 2009 presidential election, is being boycotted by Iran’s main opposition and reformists groups. Iran’s conservative government and clerical leaders have pursued a crackdown on the reformist movement since it staged mass protests against Ahmadinejad’s re-election.

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