Iranians look at electoral posters for the upcoming parliamentary elections in a street near the Hazrat Fatimah Ma'sumeh mausoleum in Qom, on February 24, 2016. / AFP / ATTA KENARE
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The field for Iran's parliamentary election Friday has narrowed sharply with more than a fifth of the candidates pulling out, apparently urging voters to back the main political lists instead.The head of the interior ministry's election headquarters, Mohammad Hossein Moghimi, said Thursday that 4,844 hopefuls would contest the 290 seats, meaning 1,385 candidates have withdrawn. Polls will open at 0430 GMT and are scheduled to close at 1430 GMT but voting could be extended if required, Iranian media quoted him as saying.
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