Iran's Interior Ministry said Sunday voter turnout in recent parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%, the lowest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Obsevers say the number could be an indication of overall discontent with Iran's clerical rulers and the state of the economy under intense pressure from the United States. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced the participation rate and added that such a scenario "seems perfectly acceptable for us."
"We held these elections when there were various incidents in the country: we had bad weather, there was this coronavirus disease, there was the plane crash," he said, citing Iran's January 3 shoot down of a Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people.
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