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Iran Parliamentary Elections May Favor the Hard-Liners

Iranians went to the polls today to cast their ballots in Iran’s parliamentary elections, but the most important question to be decided may be just who, or how many people, actually show up to vote. Voters hoping for change have lost most of their enthusiasm after more than 2,000 liberal candidates were disqualified last month by the clerics who control most of the political power. Since then, the reformers have been divided between calls to boycott the vote or to heed appeals by the reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, to cast ballots for substitute candidates and prevent the hard-liners from reclaiming the Parliament. An additional 1,179 candidates dropped out in protest after the disqualifications. Many of the candidates who have stepped in to run are unfamiliar to wary voters, who appear inclined to stay away. Full Story

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