Iran accuses foreign media of using virus to ‘discourage’ voters

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    Source : The Straits Times

    TEHERAN (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader accused foreign media of trying to use a deadly coronavirus outbreak to sabotage a general election, as authorities scrambled on Sunday (Feb 23) to contain the disease.

    The final results of the parliamentary election are due on Sunday, two days after they were held on the heels of the confirmation of novel coronavirus cases in the country.

    A low turnout had been widely forecast, as a conservative-dominated electoral watchdog disqualified about half the 16,000-odd candidates, mostly moderates and reformists.

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