Middle East

Campaigning begins for Iran's parliamentary elections

Iranian state TV says thousands of parliamentary candidates have launched their election campaigns ahead of Iran's Feb. 26 parliamentary vote.

Over 6,200 candidates, including 586 women, began a one-week campaign Thursday for a place in the country's 290-seat parliament.

In the Iranian capital Tehran over 1000 candidates are competing for just 30 seats.

The parliamentary elections will be seen as a vote on President Hassan Rouhani's moderate policies. He received a popularity boost following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Reformist and moderate candidates have formed an alliance, hoping to challenge conservative lawmakers, who currently hold a majority in parliament.