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Jul 19, 2019 | 16:15 GMT

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Iran: Former President Calls on Reformists Not to Boycott 2020 Parliamentary Elections

What Happened: Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has called on the country's reformists not to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in February 2020 after several factions of the fragmented reformist movement have threatened to avoid the polls, Ghatreh reported July 19.

Why It Matters: Iran's 2020 parliamentary elections will be crucial in determining the country's future political trajectory after the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal increased pressure on Iran and its moderate-reformist government coalition. If the reformists boycott the election, the country's parliament could feature increasingly hard-line elements, which would make potential talks with Western countries considerably more difficult.

Background: A group of reformist Iranian lawmakers has teamed up with hard-line conservatives to support a bill to prevent members of parliament from serving three consecutive terms. If the Guardian Council approves the proposal before the 2020 election, a number of high-profile lawmakers would be ineligible to run for office.

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