Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center R) is greeted during a session at the Iranian parliament to present the draft budget for the next Iranian fiscal year in Tehran, January 17, 2016. REUTERS/President.ir/Handout
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Iran's long-sidelined reformist movement on Monday demanded a review after only one percent of its parliamentary election candidates were approved, prompting allegations turnout would suffer.The vast rejection of candidates – monitors said about 60 percent of more than 12,000 would-be MPs were barred – could damage the credibility and legitimacy of the Feb. 26 ballot, analysts said.However, Saeed Laylaz, a political analyst close to the reformist camp, said he was hopeful there would be a rethink and that many more candidates would be approved on the final list, possibly more than 100 .The parliamentary polls coincide with the election of Iran's highest clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, a powerful committee which monitors the work of Iran's supreme leader.In 2012, 62 percent of nearly 5,300 registered candidates for the parliamentary elections were approved.Since Rouhani's election in 2013, however, the movement has regrouped.
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