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Moderate candidate spurs Iranians to rethink vote boycott

TEHRAN — In the end, Iran’s presidential election may be defined by who does not vote.

Arguments over whether to boycott Friday’s ballot still boiled over at coffee shops, kitchen tables, and on social media sites 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.

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