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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Iran votes for reform
Election posters in Iran
President Mohammad Khatami sweeps into office with a massive majority. In a message to the nation, he said the result paved the way for freedom of speech and criticism.


Iran celebrates Khatami landslide

A young Iranian boy wearing a picture of President Mohammad Khatami  on his sunglasses
A young Iranian boy wearing a picture of President Mohammad Khatami on his sunglasses

President Mohammad Khatami of Iran is re-elected for a second term of office with a huge majority.

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Khatami heads for victory

Mohammad Khatami
Mohammad Khatami

Early returns from Iran's presidential election suggest an overwhelming mandate for the reformist incumbent, Mohammad Khatami.

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Supporter of President Mohammad Khatami
President Khatami draws fanatical support form many young Iranians

The Khatami bandwagon

There may be 10 candidates in the field, but the president is the only one that really stands a chance, says BBC foreign affairs editor John Simpson.

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The late Ayatollah Khomeini
The image of the Ayatollah Khomeini still plays a role in the election campaign

The shadow of Ayatollah Khomeini

John Simpson visits the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini and assesses the extent of change in a country struggling with its revolutionary heritage.

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Modern-traditional dress
Tehran's young women wear a modern form of traditional dress

Young Iran

BBC Tehran correspondent Jim Muir looks at the hunger for change among the millions of Iranian young.

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Iranian youngsters wave portraits in support of Khatami
Iranian young wave portraits in support of Khatami

Campaigning Iranian style

Thousands flock to Iran's football stadium to see their reluctant hero, President Mohammad Khatami. But can he really change the lives of the ordinary Iranians?

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Iran's Christians

Azam mosque
Christians are a small minority in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The BBC's Monica Whitlock travels to the far north-west of Iran to meet the Christians of Urumieh, a town with one of the largest Christian populations in the country.

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Rice and drought

Tajrish Bazar
Periods of instability and drought make food a precious commodity

With much of Western Asia facing a third year of drought, Monica Whitlock visits the Iran's Caspian province of Gilan to report on the struggles of the region's rice growers.

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