Millions of Iranians have gone to the polls to elect a new president, with six candidates aiming to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran's Guardian Council had restricted those who could stand in the election, banning women or other candidates with an agenda considered to be reformist or liberal.
There are no political parties in the conventional sense - just a contest between candidates who profess absolute loyalty to the Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others who are considered slighting more reformist but by no means moderate.
Mr Ahmadinejad has served two terms and was constitutionally barred from seeking a third.
With long queues forming outside voting stations in the capital, Tehran, and elsewhere, polls were kept open for several extra hours.
By evening, the Interior Ministry said voting had ended across the country.
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