Hard-Liners Win Big in Local Council Elections

From Times Wire Reports

Hard-line candidates swept to victory in local Iranian council elections, the Interior Ministry announced, a reflection of public discontent with reformers’ inability to initiate serious social and political change.

Voter turnout was high in many cities and villages throughout the country except in the capital, Tehran, where a meager 10% of eligible voters cast ballots, the ministry said.

Hard-liners, who had not won in local elections in eight years, took 14 of 15 possible seats on the Tehran City Council.