People's Choice


The Iranian government has barred hundreds of reform candidates from running in upcoming elections. Reformist members of parliament say more than 80 percent of current reform-minded deputies have been banned from running by the council of guardians, an unelected body of conservative religious leaders and lawyers. Those who have been told they can't run include Mohammed Reza Khatami, brother of the current president, head of the biggest reform party and current deputy speaker of parliament