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With just days to go before Iran's parliamentary elections, state-owned broadcaster Press TV offers an in-depth -- and unfailingly positive -- introduction to the country's electoral process. "Candidates from across the land are competing for the much vaunted seats... and to take the more than a century-old tradition of Iranian public participation into a new and exciting era." The video includes a look at the Guardian Council's candidate selection process, an explanation why turn out in the Islamic republic is consistently higher than in Western countries such as the US, and the reasons election authorities place strict limits on the one-week political campaign period. "TV debates have now been outlawed," explains the video, "because the election authorities decided equal screen time could not be allocated to all candidates.
Euronews | Feb 29
Iran's parliamentary election on Friday will pit allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against those loyal to Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It...