Iran’s Guardian Council Purges Moderate Candidates

Iran’s Guardian Council, appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been purging moderate candidates from upcoming national elections. More than 90 members of Iran’s parliament of 290 have been barred from running for re-election, on a variety of excuses. Nine thousand out of the more than 16,000 who have applied to run have also been disqualified. A reformist council claims that it will have no candidates for 230 of the 290 seats, rendering the election little more than an appointments process. Even moderate president Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff has complained about the alleged bias. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Thousands demonstrated against the disqualification of candidates from upcoming elections. Dissidents called for voters to overthrow the current regime. “The boycott of the sham elections is a patriotic duty and the bond of the Iranian people with their martyrs, especially the over 1,500 martyrs of the November uprising,” said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Reported by Fox News. Read more…