Big turnout as Iran votes to shape post-sanctions era

February 26, 2016 10:15 AM

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TEHRAN Iranians voted in elections on Friday likely to determine the pace of their emergence from years of economic isolation, with Iran's top leader, a stern critic of detente with the West, urging a big turnout to snub the country's "enemies".

There were early signs of enthusiastic participation in Iran's first polls since a nuclear deal last year led to a lifting of sanctions and deeper diplomatic engagement abroad.

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