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Christian Science Monitor: Iran Trumpets High Turnout in Parliamentary Elections

Iran's leaders see today's parliamentary elections as central to affirming their popular support. It is not clear what results will be announced in an election that will shape Iran's political future ahead of next year's presidential elections."While the Guardian Council has already disqualified many Ahmadinejad-backed candidates in large cities, his allies still have a solid chance to win seats in small provincial cities where the vote is less politicized and more focused on economic concerns," note Reza Marashi and Angie Ahmadi of the National Iranian American Council.

 

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