Iranians vote to elect new parliament

Iranians voted in their country’s 11th parliamentary election, seen as a test for the popularity of President Hassan Rouhani’s reformist moderate camp as hardliners were expected to make gains.

Elections for Iran’s 290 member Parliament are set amid escalating political tensions, economic struggles and concerns of low participation.

The spectre of the coronavirus infection that has killed two people also adds another layer of uncertainty to the electoral process.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei cast his vote in the capital, Tehran, minutes after the polls opened on Friday at 8am local time (04:30 GMT).