Iranians to cast key vote as 7,000 candidates vie for parliament

Millions of Iranians will go to the ballots on Friday to determine their next parliament, a key election that Tehran is certain will serve as a rejoinder to an all-out economic and political war imposed against the country by the United States and its allies.

The vote will see the nation pick 290 MPs out of over 7,000 candidates across the country.

Iranian high officials have called on all voters to partake in the poll, saying a massive turnout is the best response to America’s campaign of pressure.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said this week: “Elections neutralize many of the evil intentions that the Americans and the Zionists (Israelis) have in mind against Iran.”

“Enemies want to know what all of their attempts, the economic difficulties that exist in the country, the perfidy of the Westerners and the Europeans (in the Iran deal matter) toward Iran, and all the pressures — the maximum pressure, as they call it themselves — have finally done to the Iranian people,” the Leader said. “Our friends all over the world, too, are watching with concern to see what happens.”

President Hassan Rouhani also said Wednesday that the sanctions were “a terrorist American action” and that Iran could overcome the US pressure through perseverance and strength.

He said long queues at polling stations is what will upset and enrage the US, which will be delighted to see a low voter turnout instead.