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Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran’s leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically, The Associated Press reports.
State television aired images Friday of voters lined up at polling stations, and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, casting his ballot in Tehran, urged Iranians to participate in the election, The Washington Post adds :Hard-line factions allied with Khamenei are expected to win a majority in parliament, a victory that could politically cripple the more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani.
Voters were choosing almost exclusively from conservative candidates because more than 7,000 reformist candidates have been disqualified by the powerful Guardians Council, note RFE/RL’s Golnaz Esfandiari and Carlos Coelho (above).
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