Eliminating Candidates for Political Views
Fars News Agency reported today that more than 50 members of the current Majlis, the Iranian parliament, have been disqualified to run for re-election in the upcoming March 2 parliamentary elections. It is not clear why the country needs to go through formal elections if the candidates, including the current members of parliament, can be vetted out for their political viewpoints.
The extent of elimination of candidates with different viewpoints is not yet clear. Fars reported today that 442 members and sympathizers of the “Deviationist” group, the supporters of President Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff Esfandia Rahim Mashaie, have registered for the elections. How many of them will be allowed to run was unclear.