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Reform candidates disqualified in Iran

[JURIST] Iran's hard-line Guardian Council [Wikipedia article] Sunday rejected all reformist candidates in the upcoming presidential election, disqualifying more than 1,000 potential candidates. Just six conservative candidates were selected to run in the election, prompting a crisis meeting by reform groups who threatened to boycott the election. The decision by the Guardian Council parallels a move last year when more than 2,000 reformists were disqualified from legislative elections [BBC backgrounder], resulting in low turnout and frustration at the lack of moderate candidates. US officials had no immediate comment on the candidate disqualifications. AP has more.

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