Iranian state TV: Hardliners win landslide victory in low-turnout election
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Iranian supreme leader press office/handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Iranian state TV announced Sunday that hardliners won a landslide victory in the country's parliamentary elections two days ago, including all 30 seats in Tehran, AP reports.
Why it matters: Voter turnout in the election reached only 42.57%, according to Iran's Interior Ministry, the first time turnout dipped below 50% since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The low turnout may signal dissatisfaction with the Iranian government and the election system.
- The landslide victory for hardliners will make capturing the presidency in 2021 even easier.
The big picture: More than 7,000 potential parliamentary candidates were disqualified from running, most of them reformists and moderates.
- Among those disqualified were 90 sitting members of the country's 290-seat Islamic Consultative Assembly who were running for re-election.
What they're saying: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei early Sunday accused foreign “propaganda” of dissuading people from voting by spreading fear of the coronavirus, which has infected at least 43 people and killed eight.