TEHRAN, Iran – Iranians voted Friday in elections likely to yield little change: Conservatives and allies of the hardline president are expected to retain control of parliament after many reformists were barred from even running.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets the media before casting his ballot in Iran’s parliamentary elections in Tehran, Iran, Friday March 14, 2008.
(AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
As polls opened, state radio urged a strong turnout so that Iranians could present a unified front to the West. “Iranians will go to ballots to send a message to those who are not able to see unity of Iranians behind (the country’s) achievements,” it said.
The Islamic republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, cast his vote at a religious center next to his residence in, tucking a folded paper into a transparent plastic box.
Khamenei has said that Iranians should bring to parliament anti-U.S. candidates “whose loyalties are to Islam and justice.”