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Iran Votes in Critical Election

Iranians went to the polls Friday in an election that could set the stage for a reformist comeback or see hard-liners tighten their hold.

Iranians stand in line at a polling station during the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Qom, 78 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 26, 2016. Polls opened Friday in Iran's parliamentary elections, the country's first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer.

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An Iranian man holds up his IDs as he waits in line to cast his votes in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election outside a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 26. Almost 55 million people are eligible to vote including 8.5 million in the capital Tehran ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA
Iranian officials prepares voters' IDs in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran on Feb. 26. More than 4,800 candidates are running for 290 seats. Voters were also electing the 88 members of the Assembly of Experts, the body that selects a supreme leader, who is Iran's head of state, and monitors his work. ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA
Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fills his ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran on Feb. 26. HANDOUT / Reuters
Iranian women stand in line at a polling station during the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections in Qom, on Feb. 26.Iranians were voting on Friday in parliamentary elections, the country's first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer. Ebrahim Noroozi / AP
Iranians prepare to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Feb. 26. ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA
Iranian Christians stand in line at a church to cast their votes during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, which has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, in Tehran on Feb. 26. TIMA / Reuters
Iranians vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly elections at a polling station in Qom, on Feb. 26. Ebrahim Noroozi / AP
Iranian girls show the ink on their fingers, indicating they have voted, in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, on Feb. 26. ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA
Iranians fill in their ballots during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran on Feb. 26. TIMA / Reuters
Iranians display their ink-stained fingers as they pose for a picture after casting their ballot for both parliamentary elections and the Assembly of Experts at a polling station in Tehran on Feb. 26. ATTA KENARE / AFP - Getty Images