Voter Turnout Appears Low in Iran

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Few voters showed up to cast their ballots in Iran's parliament elections in Tehran, Friday.

It was seen as a sign of frustration with an election that hard-liners allied with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are expected to dominate.

Only at a few major mosques in the capitol had polling lines formed. Most voters backed pro-Ahmadinejad candidates.

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Mustafa Rajabi, a 33-year-old government worker, said he voted for backers of the president.

"This is my duty to keep the country stable," he said, standing with his wife, who wore a black chador robe draped over her head and body. Their two children, who were too young to vote, were also with them.

Iran's reformist candidates, who seeks democratic changes at home and better ties with the West, were barred from running by Iran's clerical leadership.

"Many students and activists have been under pressure because of their political activities," said Reza Kolahroudi, a 22-year-student who showed up to vote for reformists. "I hope reformists can change the current situation."

Mashallah Kinai, 41, owner of an advertising company said he hoped reformists could "promote a better international image of Iran."

With the reform party out of the picture, the race is instead a test of Ahmadinejad's support among conservatives. The current Iranian president could be challenged by a candidate chosen from moderate conservatives in presidential elections next year.

Source: The Associated Press

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