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Iran Election: Rohani Leads in Iran Presidential Vote, Iranian Source Says

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Iranian women show their ink-stained fingers after voting for the presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran on May 19, 2017.
Iranian women show their ink-stained fingers after voting for the presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran on May 19, 2017. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP

Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rohani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran's re-engagement with the world. 

State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of the more than 80 million population were eligible to vote.

Polls close at 6 P.M. local time, although authorities often extend voting into the evening. Ballot counting will start at midnight and final results are expected within 24 hours of polls closing, the semi-official Fars news agency said. The elections are also for city and village councils.