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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
In pictures: Iran goes to the polls
Iranians are voting in elections seen as crucial for President Mohammad Khatami's plans for change and reform.

Mr Khatami is expected to win comfortably. But his aides fear that if he gets substantially fewer votes than four years ago, he will be in a weakened position against hardliners who still wield considerable power.

Mohammad Khatami votes
Mr Khatami needs to win the election by a good margin to have a chance of implementing reform

Women voting in Iranian elections in Qom
Mr Khatami's reform programme in the past struck a chord among young women looking for a brighter future

Two women walk past a wall bearing an anti-American slogan near a polling station in northern Tehran
The outcome of the election may have an impact on Iran's troubled relations with the West, with Mr Khatami pursuing detente

Two Iranians cast their vote in Ajin-Dojin, a village west of Tehran
In the countryside people feel the squeeze of economic hardship - a campaign issue

Presidential candidate Ahmad Tavakkoli votes
Former Labour Minister and presidential candidate Ahmad Tavakkoli casts his ballot at a mosque

Exiled Iranians demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin
Exiled Iranians stage a protest at the Iranian embassy in Berlin. The banner says "No democracy"

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01 Jun 01 | Middle East
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