Why Iran’s reformists are likely to lose parliamentary vote

Apart from a few campaign posters in Tehran’s main squares, there is little sign a parliamentary election is set to take place in Iran on Friday.

The key vote will determine the direction of the country as it grapples with a worsening economic crisis and a punishing “maximum pressure” campaign by the United States, but there is little interest in the vote among Tehran’s eligible voters.

At one cafe near the capital’s San’at Square, Mohamed Tauwsi said he did not plan on taking part in Friday’s poll, because of disappointment with the politicians he had voted in four years ago.

“I voted for the moderates and pro-reformists in 2016 hoping that they would do something,” said the 40-year-old statistic professor, referring to the political faction allied to President Hassan Rouhani in the 290-member parliament.

“I thought they would better the country’s economy, bring us social freedom and enhance our global standing, but they’ve done nothing,” he said, warming his hands around a cup of hot tea.

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