Iranian hardliners have received all 30 parliament seats in the capital, Tehran, state TV reported on Sunday, however officers have but to announce the voter turnout from parliamentary elections two days in the past.
State TV additionally mentioned that former Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, a prime contender for the submit of parliamentary speaker, was the highest winner in Tehran with extra that 1.2 million votes.
Officials have nonetheless not launched any figures for voter turnout, which is extensively seen as a measure of how Iranians view the nation’s embattled theocratic authorities.
A low turnout might sign widespread dissatisfaction with Iran’s clerical rulers and the system they preside over. Iranian officers normally launch turnout figures a day after elections.
The official IRNA information company mentioned poll counting had come to an finish, with 201 out of 208 constituencies determined. The seven comparatively small constituencies will probably be determined in a runoff election later in April.
Coronavirus fears criticized as ‘propaganda’
Iran’s supreme chief early Sunday accused enemy “propaganda” of making an attempt to dissuade individuals from voting by amplifying the specter of the coronavirus.
A variety of crises has beset Iran in the previous 12 months, together with widespread anti-government protests in November and U.S. sanctions piling stress on the plunging economic system.
In remarks from his workplace in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the “damaging propaganda” of Iran’s enemies for making an attempt to discourage individuals from voting in Friday’s elections.
“Their media didn’t ignore the tiniest alternative for discouraging individuals and resorting to the pretext of illnesses and the virus,” he mentioned.
Iran reported its first case of the virus two days earlier than the nationwide polls, and 6 deaths from the sickness since then. That’s the very best dying toll from the virus exterior of China, the place the outbreak first emerged a pair months in the past.
Iran has confirmed 28 instances in complete in at the least 4 totally different cities, together with the capital, Tehran, the place some pharmacies have already run out of masks and hand sanitizer.
Schools had been shut down in Tehran and 4 different cities for two days, beginning Sunday, to forestall the unfold of the virus. Authorities have additionally suspended soccer matches and stopped exhibits in film theatres and different venues.
Officials throughout Iran inspired individuals to vote in the times main as much as the election, whilst considerations over the virus’ unfold started to rise.
Voters had restricted choices on Friday’s poll, as greater than 7,000 potential candidates had been disqualified, most of them reformists and moderates. Among these disqualified had been 90 sitting members of Iran’s 290-seat parliament who had wished to run for re-election.
Iranian state TV on Saturday introduced some partial outcomes, indicating a robust displaying by hard-liners in the capital.
Pompeo calls election a ‘sham’
On the eve of the vote, the Trump administration sanctioned 5 election officers and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the election as a “sham.”
Meanwhile, authorities in Iran mentioned they might start disinfecting Tehran’s metro, which is utilized by some three million individuals, to stymie the unfold of the virus. The authorities has additionally closed down colleges and non secular seminaries in the holy metropolis of Qom, the place the virus first killed two aged sufferers final week.
Iraq and Pakistan, which share borders with Iran, have taken preventive measures to restrict the unfold of the virus from Iranian travellers. Infected travellers from Iran have already got been found in Lebanon and Canada.
Saudi Arabia has ordered anybody travelling from Iran to attend at the least 14 days earlier than getting into the dominion because it seeks to forestall the unfold of the virus to the Muslim pilgrimage websites of Mecca and Medina.
Also on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif joked about shaking arms along with his visiting Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and advised reporters: “We should shake arms with them, don’t fret I haven’t got coronavirus.”
Last week, Schallenberg mentioned that he would journey to Tehran amid efforts by European international locations to maintain alive Iran’s nuclear settlement with world powers. Regional tensions have steadily risen because the U.S. withdrew from the landmark deal.