February 9, 2016

TURNOUT, TURNOUT, TURNOUT:

Iran's Khatami urges supporters to vote despite candidate crackdown (NASSER KARIMI AND ALI AKBAR DAREINI, February 9, 2016, Times of Israel)

In a statement issued late Monday, Mohammad Khatami said voting in the Feb. 26 parliamentary elections would serve "national interests."

Khatami said although it is disappointing that "capable" and "deserving figures" have been disqualified, people should vote because "massive participation" and "heated elections" are in their interests.

The reformist ex-president remains popular among young people and women, but is deeply disliked by hard-liners and the state media has banned the broadcast of his picture.

After weeks of intensive political lobbying by President Hassan Rouhani, the Guardian Council, Iran's hard-line constitutional watchdog, reversed a ban on 1,500 parliamentary candidates Saturday.

Posted by at February 9, 2016 6:18 PM

  

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