Parliamentary elections in Iran: under consideration
The 9th Majlis (parliamentary) elections since the 1979 Islamic Revolution have officially started in
The election hasbegun in
Majlis candidates launched the weeklong campaign on February 23 by introducing their plans to the public. The elections campaign drew to a close on Thursday.
On February 21,
Some 3.9 million people will cast their votes for the first time.
About 1,300 local and 350 foreign reporters working for 174 international media outlets are providing coverage for the elections.
Iranian elections are under world media consideration. Western media presents Iranian President M. Ahmadinejad and religious leaderSupreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneiunder the negative light as much as it is possible.
Guardian writes: “In the absence of major reformist parties, which were kicked off the political stage over the 2009 post-election riots, Friday’s vote is seen as a political battleground for competing conservative factions that support the country’s
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and those backing Ahmadinejad.
The two top conservative groups, which were once united, have turned against each other after crushing reformists in the upheavals that followed Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.
The vote is also a curtain raiser for next year’s presidential election. A defeat for Ahmadinejad supporters would virtually guarantee a Khamenei loyalist as the next president and present a seamless front against Western efforts to curb
Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in
Iranian elections are very important for the West as
“Iran’s parliament carries more powers than most elected bodies in the Middle East, including setting budgets and having influential advisory committees such as national security and foreign affairs”, Guardian concludes.Հետևեք մեզ նաև Telegram-ում