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Iran elects hardliner as president
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2005
Tehran's ultra-conservative mayor - called the 'Iranian Taleban' by his opponents - has swept to a landslide win in Iran's presidential elections.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 48, won the backing of the religious poor to defeat veteran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties.
Mr Ahmadinejad has called for Iran to become a model of a modern Islamic state.
Although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last word on all matters of state, a hardline presidency removes the moderating influence on decision-making exercised by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami since 1997
"This all but closes the door for a breakthrough in US-Iran relations," said Karim Sadjadpour, a Tehran-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has challenged Mr Ahmadinejad to address international concerns about his country's nuclear programme.
Mr Straw also urged Mr Ahmadinejad to reassure the rest of the world about Tehran's policies towards terrorism, human rights and Israel.
"I think Ahmadinejad is less amenable to compromise on the nuclear issue, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on it," Mr Sadjadpour said.
"Today is the beginning of a new political era," Mr Ahmadinejad said after voting.
His victory is the latest by a new breed of hardline politicians, many of them former Revolutionary Guardsmen, who won local council and parliamentary elections in 2003 and 2004 amid widespread disillusionment with the slow pace of reform.
Mr Ahmadinejad will be Iran's first non-cleric president for 24 years when he takes office in August.