Iran parliamentary and Assembly of Experts election

epa05181699 Jewish Iranian women cast their votes in the parliamentary election at a polling station at the Yusef Abad synagogue in Tehran, Iran, 26 February 2016. There are about 17,000 Jewish citizens in Iran, including 7,000 in the capital, Tehran. Due to political tensions between Israel and Iran, Jewish people have felt torn between their two home nations. There is one Jewish seat in the Iranian parliament. Voting has begun in Iran’s parliamentary elections, which mark the first test of the political mood since Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers reached in July. More than 4,800 candidates are running for 290 seats. Voters were also electing the 88 members of the Assembly of Experts, the body that selects a supreme leader, who is Iran’s head of state, and monitors his work. Almost 55 million people are eligible to vote including 8.5 million in the capital Tehran EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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