Iran says voter turnout dips below 50% in a first since 1979

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 14:00:20-05

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s interior ministry says voter turnout in recent parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%. It's the lowest-ever in decades.

The lower turnout is widely seen as a measure of how Iranians view the country's government.

It's a possible sign of widespread dissatisfaction with Iran's clerical rulers and the state of the economy amid intense pressure from the United States.

In comparison, turnout was nearly 62% in the 2016 elections.

Turnout has consistently been above 50% since the country's Islamic Revolution some four decades ago.

U.S. pressure and sanctions have plunged Iran's economy into recession, and the elections also took place amid a growing number of coronavirus cases in Iran.