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Iranians go to polls as six candidates seek to replace Ahmadinejad

Hassan Mousavi / Fars News via Reuters

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his ballot at his office in Tehran on Friday.

Millions of Iranians voted to choose a new president early Friday, choosing between six candidates to replace incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The first presidential poll since 2009 is unlikely to change Iran’s strategic ties with the West, but it may bring a change in leadership style.

Two-thirds of the country’s 75 million people are eligible to vote in the poll, which is open until 9:30 a.m. ET, although this can be extended if necessary.

Around 1.6 million of the eligible electors are first-time voters aged 16 or more.

Security has been tight and campaigning subdued compared to the euphoric rallies that preceded the last presidential election in 2009. 

Iran is set to elect a new president. As candidates make their last-minute bids, NBC News' Ali Arouzi gauges the mood on the streets of Tehran.

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