Voting in Iran during the 17 June first round (file photo)
24 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Polls have opened in Iran in the first presidential runoff to be held since the republic's Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Expediency Council Chairman and former President Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani
is facing off against the hard-line mayor of Tehran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad
The two were the top vote-getters in the first round of voting on 17 June.
The 70-year-old Hashemi-Rafsanjani -- who was president once already from 1989 to 1997 -- has vowed to extend the reforms of outgoing President Mohammad Khatami and ease tensions with the West.
Ahmadinejad has promised to share Iran's oil wealth more fairly.
Analysts say Hashemi-Rafsanjani draws his support from the more liberal upper and middle classes, while Ahmadinejad is favored by working-class voters.
The race is considered too close to call.
(Reuters)[For background, analysis, and an archive of RFE/RL coverage of Iran's ninth-ever presidential election, see our dedicated "Iran Votes 2005" website.]