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.
US President Donald Trump has laid the groundwork for a shift in foreign policy on Iran, but shied away from tearing up the nuclear deal — for now. However, sanctions against Iran's Revolutionary Guard are in the cards.
The list includes no women, minorities, or ministers under age 35. Rouhani was also under fire for his justice minister pick, who has been sanctioned by the EU for human rights abuses.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in at a high-profile ceremony attended by EU officials. He now faces the tough task of rescuing the 2015 nuclear deal and implementing reforms amid hard-liner pushback.
Reformist candidate Eshaq Jahangiri, a deputy to President Hassan Rouhani, has dropped out of Iran's presidential election days before the vote. The widely expected move was likely to boost support for the incumbent.
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