An open contest

Print edition : June 28, 2013

Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, is a candidate with wide support. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

Women supporters of Saeed Jalili at a campaign rally that he addressed in Tehran on May 29. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel, another candidate, at a press conference in Tehran on May 26. Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP

Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's top aide. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Ali Akbar Velayati, former Foreign Minister, after registering his candidacy. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, Tehran's mayor, after registering his candidacy on May 11. Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. A 2012 photo. Photo: AP

On the eve of the country’s 11th presidential elections, the leading candidates battle it out on the campaign trail and hope for a high turnout to make up for the legitimacy deficit the system suffered in 2009.
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