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Guide: How Iran is ruled

Posted by alanmirs on March 8, 2011

Click below to find out more about Iran’s complex political system.





Young women campaign for President Ahdmadinejad
Turnout has fallen from 80% in 1997 to 60% in 2005

Of a total population of about 65 million, more than 46 million people – all those over 18 – are eligible to vote. Young people constitute a large part of the electorate with about 50% of voters being under 30.

Voter turnout hit a record high at 80% in the 1997 elections which delivered a landslide victory for reformist President Mohammad Khatami. Women and young people were key to the vote.

But with disillusionment growing, only about 60% of the electorate voted in the final round of the 2005 election which brought hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.


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