Iran's Supreme Leader votes in the country's first poll since a nuclear deal was reached with world powers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casts his vote during elections on Friday. The vote, Iran's first since last year's nuclear deal with world powers, could determine whether the Islamic Republic continues to emerge from diplomatic and economic isolation after years of sanctions. The contest is for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that has the power to appoint and dismiss the supreme leader, Iran's most powerful figure. Both are currently in the hands of hardliners. Supporters of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, who championed the nuclear deal and is likely to seek a second presidential term next year, are pitted against conservatives deeply opposed to detente with Western powers. Both sides have called for a strong turnout. Most reformist candidates have been barred by a hardline clerical vetting body, along with many moderates, but their supporters have called on voters to back Rouhani's allies and keep the conservatives out.