There is no legitimate candidate insight for the forthcoming February elections in Iran. It is being reported that Iran’s hardline Guardians Council has disqualified about 9,000 of the 14,000 who registered to run in the elections. Moderates say in most cities they have no candidates to enter the race. Guardians Council is responsible for vetting all election candidates.
The result is that the current government fears a low turnout for voting. Speaking to the public, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged everyone to vote, irrespective of what may be the outcome. Healthy voting would actually show the legitimacy of the elected government.
This year has been tough for Tehran, where people have taken to streets and protested against an escalating economic crisis at the hand of US sanctions.
In his favor, Rouhani has said that Iranians are allowing themselves to be brainwashed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach that is to harm national unity ahead of parliamentary elections.
He also lashed out at hardliners over the mass disqualification of candidates and has said, that while the latter might boast of winning this time, “a good turnout of voting is all that we need.”
It seems that the indirect support that Iran had been getting from the US for years has made them quite dependent on the buttress support. With Trump throttling the Iranian economy, the current government is finding it very difficult to keep the crowds under control, which will eventually be looking for a legitimate and responsible cabinet.
Iran has been widely criticized over the mass killing of civilians and the Ukrainian plane crash, whose casualty statistics have not been openly shared with humanitarian organizations worldwide. Thanks to the Internet, the stories of atrocities at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have also come out in the social media video grabs.
Truth cannot be hidden anymore and the current government setup might just have to give way to a more balanced one this year.
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