On the campaign trail in Iran
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Election in Iran

On the campaign trail in Iran
Campaigning ramps up as Iran nears a presidential election on June 12. A large image of Mehdi Karroubi, a moderate cleric and strong critic of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heralds Karroubi’s appearance in his hometown of Aligudarz, about 240 miles southwest of Tehran. Observers occupy a building under construction. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will face three challengers. The election is expected to hinge on domestic economic issues but could weigh heavily on the course of several Middle East standoffs. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
Candidate Mohsen Rezai commanded the Revolutionary Guard during the 1980-88 war with Iraq and now serves as secretary of the Expediency Council, which mediates in legislative disputes. He may get support from conservatives opposed to President Ahmadinejad, thus splitting the conservative vote. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
Mir-Hossein Mousavi was prime minister during Iran’s 1980-88 war with Iraq. He is viewed by many moderates and even some conservatives as Ahmadinejad’s strongest challenger. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
Reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, center in white turban, waves to well-wishers. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
A campaign poster for Mir-Hossein Mousavi is studied by publisher Mahmodreza Bahmanpour, left, and a worker. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
A supporter of Mir-Hossein Mousavi makes his feelings known at a Tuesday campaign rally in Tabriz, Iran. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
On the campaign trail in Iran
A young man browses a political blog at an Internet cafe in Hamadan, Iran, on Tuesday. Candidates’ use of the Internet was curtailed recently when authorities blocked access to Facebook, where challengers had been rallying support. On Tuesday, access was restored. (Nima Daymari / AFP / Getty Images)
On the campaign trail in Iran
In Tehran on Tuesday, supporters of reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi display ribbons bearing his name. (Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty Images)
On the campaign trail in Iran
The scene at a Monday welcoming ceremony in Tabriz, Iran, for reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said he was not convinced that the leaders of the recent anti-government unrest were acting on behalf of foreign interests. (AFP/Getty Images)
Mohammad Khatami
Mohammad Khatami, seen here last year in Tehran, was the president of Iran from 1997 to 2005. He dropped out of this year’s presidential election in March. (Abedin Taherkenareh / European Pressphoto Agency)
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