Elections in Iran, voter turnout extremely low

Voting for Iran's parliamentary and expert council elections has ended.

Candidates of different political parties participated in eighty-two seats of the Parliament and eighty-eight seats of the Council of Experts. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ibrahim Raisi cast their votes.

The voter turnout in the parliamentary elections was extremely low. Despite the government's encouragement, many polling stations remained deserted.

The voting started at eight o'clock and continued for twelve hours.

The panel of scholars serve eight-year terms and this election is also significant in that the new Supreme Leader will be chosen by the elected members.

Iran's economy continues to stagnate under Western sanctions over Tehran's rapidly advancing nuclear program and arming militia proxies in the Middle East and Russia in its war against Ukraine.

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