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Iran to elect MPs amid tensions with West

By AFP TEHRAN: Iran is to vote on Friday in parliamentary elections that leaders are keen to show as a sign of defiance to the West, which is imposing tough sanctions over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. Some 3,400 candidates are vying for the 290 seats in Iran’s legislature, known as the Majlis. Iran has an …


Iran steps up repression before polls: Amnesty

By Avril Ormsby / Reuters LONDON: Iran has “dramatically escalated” a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week’s parliamentary elections, arresting lawyers, students and journalists and targeting electronic media, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. “In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the …


Campaigning begins for Iran parliamentary poll

By Siavosh Ghazi / AFP TEHRAN: Campaigning began in Iran on Thursday for parliamentary elections to take place on March 2, with officials and state media calling for a big turnout to counter “enemies’ threats” against the regime. It will be the Islamic republic’s first national poll since the controversial 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. …


Ahmadinejad seeks rebound in Iranian elections

TEHRAN: There’s a Persian saying used to describe an under-the-radar political effort: "Driving at night with the lights off." Allies of embattled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be doing just that as they campaign in Iran’s hinterlands in hopes of scoring a comeback in next month’s parliamentary elections. The voting March 2 should — momentarily, at …


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