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Hoopla over minor Iranian election may herald big fallout in 2020

A normally negligible local election in the Iranian capital has brought the country’s political groups face to face, revealing that bigger clashes may be ahead as Iran’s 11th parliamentary elections draw near.

Some Iranian politicians are reading a lot into a recent election, one that in the past has barely registered notice in the public eye.

For the past four terms, elections to choose assistants for the Islamic City Council of Tehran were low-key and inconsequential. But the fifth election, held July 26, led to a showdown between Iran’s political groups — perhaps foreshadowing what's to come in February’s parliamentary elections.

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