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Elections in Tehran tomorrow, feared and under surveillance
Only Muslims vote for the Expediency Council; everyone votes for mayors and municipal councils. However restrictive elections rules are, they remain a test that might bring important changes.
Press controls increase as election campaign gets underway
As the day to renew the Assembly of Experts approaches, repression against the press, print and electronic, increases. Intimidating journalists is routine. For Reporters Without Borders, Iran is "the Middle East's biggest prison for journalists and bloggers". It ranks 162 out of 168 on the World Press Freedom Index.
Tehran set to vote for "Experts" assembly, real seat of power
These are the people who elect, advise and control the Supreme Guide, the man who has the last word about all political, religious and strategic decisions.
25/02/2016 17:41:00 IRAN
Iran’s election, a test for Rouhani
Iranians tomorrow pick a new parliament (Majlis) and a new Assembly of Experts. The latter will likely choose a new supreme leader. Moderates and conservatives are in a competitive race only in Tehran. The former want to continue a policy of openness to the world and find diplomatic solutions to Mideast wars; however, the latter control the media, Friday prayers, the army and the Pasdaran.
02/03/2016 20:03:00 IRAN
Partial victory for Rouhani’s moderates and problems to come
The reformer-moderate block tripled its seats over previous elections. They also improved their results in the election to the Assembly of Experts. In the new parliament, there are 14 women, mostly reformist. The more conservative and radicals leaders have been ousted. Iranians approve Rouhani’s line, the nuclear deal, a normalised foreign policy and a revamped economy. Some doubts remain about to Khamenei and the Pasdaran.
Assembly of Experts sworn in, but Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani don’t shake hands
The ceremony behind closed doors followed the traditional norms governing these events. But there was also an attempt to justify the fact that women and lay jurists were not elected. All the regime representatives were there, except for Khamenei: health reasons?
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