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Days before election, Iranian Supreme Leader has quelled potential for dissent

In the months leading up to the vote, Iran has attempted to prevent unrest among a politically polarized population.
Iranians sit next to electoral posters of Hassan Rowhani (L) and Mohsen Rezai (C) in the religious city of Qom some 130 kilometres south of the capital on June 9, 2013. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Four years after Iran’s last presidential election led millions of protesters onto the streets, the Islamic Republic has yet to fully recover. Two former candidates remain under house arrest, and preparations for Friday’s presidential election have been stern.

In the months leading up to the vote, Iran has attempted to prevent similar unrest among a politically polarized population.


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US President Barack Obama speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum on March 22, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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