Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a ceremony mourning the death of Fatima, daughter of Prophet Mohammad, in Tehran February 22, 2016. REUTERS/President.ir
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Iranians go to the polls on Friday to vote for the first time since last year's nuclear deal in elections that could determine whether the Islamic Republic continues to emerge from diplomatic and economic isolation after years of sanctions.At stake is control of the 290-seat parliament and the 88-member Assembly of Experts, a body that chooses the Islamic Republic's most powerful figure, the Supreme Leader. During its eight year term it could name the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 76 and has been in power since 1989 .Whatever the outcome, though, Iran's political system places significant power in the hands of the conservative establishment including the Guardian Council, the Islamic judiciary, and the Supreme Leader.
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