Elections in Iran: it is not about who wins, but rather the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic

Elections in Iran: it is not about who wins, but rather the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic

The last time Iran held legislative elections, in February 2020, the country was still in shock. On January 4, one of the most prestigious figures in the Islamic Republic, General Qasem Soleimani, had been assassinated by a drone fired by the United States, while he was at Baghdad airport, in Iraq. On the day of the vote, anti-Western sentiment was running high among those most enthusiastic about the religious regime.

This Friday, March 1st, Iranians return to the polls to choose their representatives in Parliament (Majlis) and also the members of the Assembly of Experts, the body in charge of choosing the Supreme Leader. The scrutiny takes place in a context in which, whether due to decades of enmity with the United States, or the alliance with Russia, or Tehran’s support for armed groups in the region, such as the Palestinian Hamas or the Lebanese Hezbollah, both protagonists in the war in course in the Gaza Strip, the country feels like it is in the crosshairs of the great Western powers.

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