Iranians go to the polls on Friday to elect nearly 300 members of parliament. A good showing by reform candidates would bolster the government of President Hassan Rouhani. But as in previous years, the number of female candidates is very low.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for a "year of unity" as Iran marks the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The celebrations come just weeks after protests calling for changes in government policy.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appealed for calm but also warned that violence won't be tolerated. Protests began last week over rising prices but quickly morphed into anti-government demonstrations.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed "enemies" of the country for trying to weaken the Islamic regime. At least 21 people have been killed in six days of anti-government protests.
Anti-government protests in Iran have grabbed global headlines over the past several days. In a DW interview, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi urges Iranians to pressure Tehran to hold a referendum on their political future.
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