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Iran: Security groups press reformist candidates to drop out

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Reformist candidates in the municipal elections are being threatened against running, an opposition website reports. The Kaleme website writes that reformist candidates are being summoned by security bodies to be dissuaded from running in the elections.

A candidate for Tehran City Council

"While numerous reformists, critics, and progressive former leaders of the country are participating in the city council elections and have officially registered their names, these days they are being contacted and told not to engage in elections activities," Kaleme writes.

A candidate for Tehran City Council

Kaleme claims that the establishment is planning to simply disqualify all opposition forces from candidacy and "eliminate their reformist rivals without any accountability or transparency in the city council elections."

The municipal elections are to take place on June 14 at the same time as the presidential election.


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