Hard-liners dominate Iran parliamentary vote that saw boycott calls and apparently low turnout

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Iranian hard-line politicians dominated nan country’s ballot for parliament, results released Monday showed, maintaining their clasp connected nan legislature successful a ballot that saw calls for a boycott and an apparently debased turnout.

Authorities still person not released turnout figures for Friday’s vote, nor fixed immoderate logic for nan delay. Turnout is suspected to beryllium debased aft polling stations successful nan capital, Tehran, saw fewer voters.

It remains unclear whether turnout was depressed by elector ignorant aliases an progressive desire to nonstop a connection to Iran’s theocracy, though immoderate successful nan state pushed for a boycott, including imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi.

Parliamentary And Assembly Of Experts Elections In TehranVoters hold to formed their ballots astatine a polling position successful confederate Tehran connected Friday.Morteza Nikoubazl / NurPhoto via AP

The ballot besides was nan first since nan 2022 wide protests over the decease of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, killed aft being arrested by constabulary complete allegedly not wearing her required hijab to nan liking of authorities.Of 290 races held for parliament, voters decided 245 seats successful nan first round, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mohsen Eslami said. The remaining 45 will request to person runoff elections, which will beryllium held successful either April aliases May arsenic winning candidates grounded to get a mandatory 20% of nan vote.

Of nan 245 politicians elected, 200 were supported by hard-line groups successful elector guides published earlier nan election, according to an Associated Press analysis.

The study identified immoderate 45 incoming lawmakers arsenic being comparatively moderate, blimpish aliases independent. The existent parliament includes 18 pro-reform politicians and 38 others identified arsenic independents.

Of those winning seats, only 11 were women. The existent parliament has 16 women arsenic legislators.

Authorities broadly barred politicians calling for immoderate alteration wrong nan country’s government, known broadly arsenic reformists, from moving successful nan election. Those calling for extremist reforms were barred aliases didn’t fuss to registry arsenic candidates.

The nonaccomplishment of immoderate campaigner to get 20% of nan ballot tin hap because galore votes are voided, aliases because location are excessively galore candidates successful nan race.

Iran’s 2021 statesmanlike election, which saw hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi elected, witnessed a precocious number of voided votes, perchance from those who felt obligated to formed a ballot but didn’t want to prime immoderate of nan government-approved candidates.

A female casts her ballot during  nan Iranian elections successful bluish portion of Tehran connected Friday.A female casts her ballot during nan Iranian elections successful bluish portion of Tehran connected Friday.Yuji Yoshikata / AP

Vote counting crossed Iran, done by hand, had wrapped up by Monday. Authorities gave nary contiguous mentation for not announcing nan turnout, though it was easy disposable to nan authorities since each elector was electronically registered upon voting.

The boycott calls person put nan authorities nether renewed unit — since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s theocracy has based its legitimacy successful portion connected turnout successful elections.

“The Friday elections look to person reaffirmed that Iranian policies will not alteration successful nan foreseeable future, but nan ballot demonstrated nan Iranian nationalist is broadly dissatisfied pinch nan people nan Islamic Republic is taking,” nan New York-based Soufan Center deliberation vessel said successful an study Monday.

Iranians connected Friday besides voted for members of nan country’s 88-seat Assembly of Experts, who will service an eight-year word connected a sheet which will name nan country’s adjacent ultimate leader aft Khamenei, 84. Barred from that title was erstwhile Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a comparative mean and a existent personnel of nan assembly who reached Iran’s 2015 atomic woody pinch world powers.

Raisi, a protégé of Khamenei who has been discussed arsenic imaginable successor to nan ultimate leader, won a spot again. Another imaginable successor is Khamenei’s son, Mojtaba, who holds nary position successful nan government.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press