Iran’s parliamentary elections on 21 February are set to be a shoo-in victory for conservative MPs, giving them a large majority of seats.
Iran’s vetting body, the Guardian Council, rejected a record number of reformist candidates, including allies of President Hassan Rouhani. Their disqualification has triggered a backlash from politicians and citizens alike, with the potential for unrest to emerge around election time.
The default conservative victory will bring years of reformist dominance in Iran to an end. It will make Iranian domestic and foreign policy more hard-line and hostile towards the West.
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