June 14th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Iranians go to the polls in 'epic' election

Television cameras zoomed in on his hand Friday as Iran's supreme leader filled out the first ballot in the national election to replace outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slipped the folded paper into the ballot box and turned to the cameras. His vote officially opened the ballots as he called on the 50 million Iranians eligible to vote to pick one of six candidates in the "epic" election.

"My expectation of our endeared people is for everyone to take part, and I would recommend that they go to ballot boxes as soon as possible and not to delay," he said.

Iranians appeared to heed their leader's call, with voters flocking to the country's 60,000 voting stations. The six candidates also have cast their votes, according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.


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  1. chrissy

    Well cute. My trolls post stays up and my disclaimer gets deleted! I did not post at all yesterday on ANY thread!

    June 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jacob

    Who cares

    June 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ Jacob, thanks for the advice. You can have the pizza and i'll have an irish cream and coffee and relax ok?

    June 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Nitey nite now. Dont go causin no trouble tonite either dude! :L

    June 16, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    blocked right away.

    June 16, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @saywhat,chrissy,good mornin and I too was blocked by those scoundrels that work for CNN.No matter who takes the helm in Iran they'll still be puppets under the Ayatollah..This is just a simple transfusion of fresh political blood because Ahmadinejad was losing his grip on the Iranian people and their government knew it...Take care all and happy posting ..

      June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good morning all & @Pete
    With the reformist backed moderate Rouhani as PM there is bound to be a change in Iran's stance against the belligerent West standing in for Israel.
    This the time for US for the sake of its own interests in the region, to grab this opportunity and engage them in earnest and result oriented talks.

    June 17, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @saywhat,yes right on but the windows small and with outside interference from Russia,China ,others in that region it'll be hard to get a civil dialogue in there at this time between the new president and Pres.Obama or whoevers sent as maybe Kerry might be as SOS....Maybe just a simple welcome to break the ice ,it never hurts to act social today and remember keep your friends close and your enemies closer,even in this mad world...Take care...

      June 18, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
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