Iran says polls close across the country

Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Interior Ministry says voting in the country's presidential election has ended across the country.

Iranians had waited on line for hours in wilting heat at some polling stations in downtown Tehran and other cities, casting ballots across the vast country from desert outposts to Gulf seaports and nomad pastures. Voting was extended by five hours to meet demand, but also as possible political stagecraft to showcase the participation.

The turnout suggested liberals and others abandoned a planned boycott as the election evolved into a showdown across the Islamic Republic's political divide.

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