Mon, 30 Mar 2020

Polls have closed in Iran's parliamentary elections on February 21 after authorities three times extended voting to allow more people to cast ballots.

All of the candidates in the elections were prescreened by a group of hard-line Islamic clerics who disqualified thousands of reformists and moderates.

Initial results were expected to be announced on February 22. The final results were expected the day after.

A total of 7,148 candidacies were approved by the conservative clerics in the Guardians Council, which barred about 9,000 Iranians from seeking mandates in the 290-seat parliament.

Ninety members of Iran's outgoing parliament were among those whose candidacies were rejected. Many were moderates or reformist lawmakers who support engagement with the West.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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