February 23, 2020 / 12:40 PM / 3 months ago

Iran says turnout in parliamentary election was 42%: TV

Poll workers empty full ballot boxes after the parliamentary election voting time ended in Tehran, Iran February 22, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/ WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s interior minister said on Sunday that turnout in the country’s parliamentary election on Feb. 21 was around 42%, state TV reported, the lowest participation since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution that swept the clerical rulers into power.

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said more than 24 million people out of 58 million eligible voters participated in the election on Friday.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi. Editing by Jane Merriman

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