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Iran - Mar 1, 2012 - 08:29

Last modified: 1 Mar 2012 05:29

The Islamic Republic of Iran has a history of loosening the screws on freedom of expression ahead of elections to help the “heating of the election oven”.

That doesn’t seem to be the case this time around, as the country heads to polls for parliamentary elections on Friday. Amnesty International has reported an intensifying clampdown.

Nevertheless, there has been some debate in the lead up to the elections, which will be mostly fought amongst the conservatives as the reformists remain absent, with their leaders under de-facto house arrest.

We bring you some of the most quotable quotes - such as this, from Ayatollah Khamenei, the country's supreme leader:

The enemy's propaganda machines and the media of arrogant circles have begun an extensive effort so that the assembly election is without splendour.

"But all should know that the people's participation in the elections will take the country forward … an election full of excitement will be a major blow to the enemy."