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Last Updated: Friday, 20 February, 2004, 14:05 GMT
In pictures: Elections in Iran
Iran's reformist president Mohammad Khatami votes in the parliamentary elections
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The election is likely to put back President Khatami's drive for reform but he urged people to accept the result.
Women in Tehran fill out their ballot forms
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With conservatives set to win power, the focus was on how many people would bother to vote.
An Iranian couple at home
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Iranians were divided on whether to stay at home or vote after reformist parties urged a boycott.
Voting in Iran
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There were queues in some polling stations in Tehran.
An official watches as a boy casts his mother's vote at the Keramat mosque in Mashhad, about 800km (500 miles) east of Tehran.
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And this boy was keen to get in on the act, putting his mother's ballot paper in the box.
Soldier voting in general election
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But the airport in Mashhad was virtually empty as this Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldier filled out his ballot form.
At the Mulla Hashem mosque in Mashhad, an armed policeman guards proceedings.
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Security was in place in many polling stations - first results are due on Saturday.






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