Iran votes in parliament elections that favor conservatives

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians are voting for a new parliament, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran’s leadership at the time of a sanctions-linked economic downturn and diplomatic isolation. The disqualification of some 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists and moderates, in the run-up to the elections Friday also raised the possibility of lower-than-usual turnout. Iran’s leadership and state media have urged voter participation, with some framing it as a religious duty. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his ballot in Tehran, shortly after polls opened. He urged Iranians to the polls, saying anyone who cares about Iran’s national interests “should participate in the election.”