Iranian Parliamentary Elections 2020

The recently held parliamentary elections in Iran may have far-reaching consequences for the future political landscape of the Middle East. The elections for Iran’s tenth Islamic Consultative Assembly held in 2016 had witnessed considerable gains for the moderates, including both reformists and centrists, thus putting the conservatives at a disadvantage. Desperate Iranians then had discovered a ray of hope in the newly signed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as the Iranian nuclear deal. The deal aimed at incrementally removing punitive sanctions on Iran in return for Tehran’s commitment to halt uranium enrichment that could lead to the creation of nuclear weapons. The Iranians had found in the moderates a panacea for addressing their grievances concerning dwindling economy, international isolation, and crippling western sanctions. Read More

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