Iran starts vot­ing ...

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

nom­i­nally in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates and mi­nori­ties shar­ing oth­ers – meant no fac­tion won a ma­jor­ity. The out­come of the sec­ond round could po­ten­tially change that.

Iran’s supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei urged strong turnout and has said that Fri­day’s vot­ing is no less im­por­tant than the first round.

Mo­ham­mad Reza Aref, leader of the re­formist proRouhani List of Hope, has set a tar­get of at least an­other 40 seats in the 290- seat par­lia­ment.

Gains for the pres­i­dent’s al­lies would make leg­isla­tive re­forms more likely.

How­ever, if con­ser­va­tives per­form more strongly amid con­cern over the nu­clear deal – Ira­nian of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Khamenei have com­plained that the United States is not hon­our­ing its com­mit­ments – Rouhani’s hopes for a more pro­gov­ern­ment par­lia­ment could founder.

Although the con­ser­va­tives went back­wards two months ago, they have not changed tracks; keep­ing up pres­sure over what they say is a silent agenda among re­formists to give up the prin­ci­ples of the 1979 Is­lamic rev­o­lu­tion.— AFP

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