On February 26, Iran will hold parliamentary elections. The main struggle will unfold between the reformers, support the course of President Hassan Rouhani to normalize relations with the West, and conservatives who believe that the concessions threaten the character of the state.
For 290 seats in the Majlis are fighting 6.200 candidates, 586 of whom were women. The most pressing will be the election campaign in Tehran – 1,000 people here claim to 30 seats.
Pre-election campaigning, candidates will be all week. Just a few days ago the guardian Council of the revolution approved the list of candidates admitted to the elections. About 7,000 people were excluded from participation. Most of them are supporters of reform.
On the same day, elections will be held in the Council of experts, the value of which is underestimated. This authority shall elect a real head of state – the Spiritual leader of the Islamic revolution. Elections were held amid reports of poor health of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that position now.
After the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 the President changed only once. In 1989 he died, Ruhollah Khomeini, and Khamenei was elected as his successor. In the current situation, the issue of an heir was needed again.