Registration starts for Iran's parliamentary poll

AP , Saturday 24 Dec 2011

Iran starts registering potential candidates ahead of parliamentary elections in March, but the country's reformists are staying out of the race

Iranian President Ahmadinejad looks on as he waits for Tatarstan President Minnikhanov before official meeting in Tehran. (Photo: Reuters)

Major reformist parties in Iran have said they won't field any candidates because basic requirements for a free and fair elections have not been met.

In their absence, the vote for the 290-seat assembly will be fought between supporters and opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Interior Ministry opened the weeklong registration process on Saturday. Each application will be screened by the hard-line constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council, before a candidate is allowed to run.

The elections are unlikely to change Iran's course, which is determined by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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