Iranians went to the polls on Friday to vote for a new parliament, in an election seen as unlikely to change approaches to domestic or foreign policy. Thousands of mostly moderate and reformist candidates were barred from the contest. The disqualification of 9,000 potential candidates raised the possibility of an unusually low voter turnout, with hardliners expected to prevail. Read more: Where is the Iranian opposition? Watch video 78:58 Share Iranian voters skeptical Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3Y5gs Iran voters not impressed by election, or its results Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei kicked off the voting process by casting the first ballot in Tehran on state television. In the broadcast, Khameini said voting is a “religious duty” and urged Iranians to vote as soon as possible. Read more: Iran’s military power: What you need to know With Iran facing increasing discontent at home over economic hardships partially spurred by US sanctions, as well as growing isolation regarding diplomatic relations, analysts have said the voter turnout is expected to be a sign of Iranian citizens’ support of their current government. Read more: Iran crisis: Saudis and US still at impasse over Middle East Gulf crisis A polling… Read full this story
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