ON THE GROUND

Moderates sidelined as Iranians head to the polls

Reformist Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was barred from running in Iran's 2020 parliamentary elections.
Reformist Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was barred from running in Iran's 2020 parliamentary elections. © Screengrab FRANCE 24
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Iranian voters on Friday will pick 290 parliamentarians in the country’s first poll since the US pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal. But critics complain Iranian authorities have already orchestrated a conservative takeover of parliament by barring moderate candidates.