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Revert1963

Iranian election political spectrum

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I would really like to get a better understanding of the political spectrum in Iran. Especially in light of the current elections.

It is commonly understood that there are two "wings" in the Iranian Parliament. The Reformists and the Principalists who's main disagreement is over the level of implementation of religion in society and to a lesser degree the approach to foreign policy. I also heard on Press TV that there are over 200 parties in Iran, but I guess that not all of them is in parliament.
I read a list of the parties in the Reformists wing and it seams like they range from Neo-liberal to Socialist in Ideology. That seams like the same spectrum that there is in many European countries. So I guess that they would cater to similar segments of the Iranian society that these ideologies do in the west. 
The spectrum with in the Principalists wing seams more difficult to grasp for a westerner. According to Press TV there is apparently several parties on the Principalists wing but how do they differ? The last presidential election showed something that looked like a discrepancy between some mainstream Principalists on the one hand and followers of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the other. I have read somewhere that Ahmadinejad seek his support from the more disenfranchised groups in Iranian society where as the Principalists has traditionally relied on the traders in the basar. Is that accurate or could someone explain what is going on?
I have also heard from several sides that racism plays a part in Iranian politics almost like anti emigrant parties in Europe. Especially towards Afghan refugees/foreign workers. Is this accurate? and if so where is this phenomenon placed on the political spectrum?
Forgive me if I am mistaken about something, but please enlighten me.

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On 2/16/2020 at 5:04 PM, Revert1963 said:

I have also heard from several sides that racism plays a part in Iranian politics almost like anti emigrant parties in Europe. Especially towards Afghan refugees/foreign workers.

Salam rest of your statement is true but this quoted part is wrong & based on lying of anti Iran propaganda even this time there is a new group  that call themselves as justice seekers that want help emigrants specially Afghans  & fix problems of poor people without attaching to reformists & Principalists as a new party .

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Afghan refugees are/have been quite a burden for Pakistan as well. We have accommodated them for decades but they still blame it all on us and do what they do. They are involved in quite often the worst sorts of crimes including terrorism. Its not a "racism" thing. Only governmental prudence which any foreign body will exercise after enough experience.

 

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Saturday, Noon, 22Feb20

Most news reports are saying "hard liners" winning and poised for "landslide".

7,000+ candidates ran for 290 seats.

Reformers appear to have won 20 while lndependents have apparently won 28.

1.9 million voted in Tehran.

Currently, the best interim summary is here:  https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/conservatives-strongly-ahead-Iran-election-count-underway 

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