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IRGC Commander Says That Every Vote Is A Slap in Enemy’s Face

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony in Tehran on Thursday, Major General Salami said the Iranian people “as always will surprise the world and frustrate the enemies.” The people will once again create a beautiful scene with their enthusiastic presence in the polling stations, he added. The senior commander went on to say that every vote cast will be “a slap in the face of an enemy that hopes people will not participate in the elections”. The nationwide votes for the parliament and the midterm election of the Assembly of Experts will be held simultaneously on Friday. Candidates concluded their campaigns at 8 AM local time on February 20, precisely 24 hours before voting begins. A total of 7,148 candidates, including dozens of Iranians from the religious minorities, are running for the parliament. There are 290 seats in the parliament up for grabs. In capital Tehran, 1,453 candidates are contesting one of the 30 allocated seats on the legislature. The lawmakers are elected for a 4-year term, with no limitation for the incumbent or former parliamentarians to run again.

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