PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei votes in an election that will decide a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. No-one is expecting any seismic shifts in Iran's rocky relations with the West. Of five hardline contenders professing unwavering obedience to Khamenei, three are reckoned to be in with a chance. Those three include Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili who wants to maintain the nation's robust, ideologically-driven foreign policy. The other two are critical of Jalili's inflexible negotiating stance but have pledged never to renounce the pursuit of Iran's nuclear programme. The sole moderate candidate is cleric Hassan Rohani who, though suspicious of the West, is more likely to pursue a conciliatory foreign policy. The last presidential elections in 2009 unleashed months of unrest when Ahmadinjad was returned to office in a disputed victory. Khamenei has said he doesn't give a damn about U.S. allegations that the vote is rigged this time around.
June 14 - Iranians head to the polls in a presidential election to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Paul Chapman reports. ( Transcript )
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