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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the end, Iran’s presidential election may be defined by who doesn’t vote.
Arguments over whether to boycott Friday’s ballot still boiled over at coffee shops, kitchen tables, and on social media among many liberal-leaning Iranians on the eve of the voting. The choice — once easy for many who turned their back in anger after years of crackdowns — has been suddenly complicated by an unexpected chance to perhaps wage a bit of payback against Iran’s rulers.
The rising fortunes of the lone relative moderate left in the race, former nuclear negotiator Hasan Rowhani, has brought something of a zig-or-zag dilemma for many Iranians who faced down security forces four years ago: Stay away from the polls in a silent protest or jump back into the mix.