Election of street vendor, sweeper to Iran city council raise eyebrows

Election of street vendor, sweeper to Iran city council raise eyebrows...
irna.ir 22/05/2017 Politics

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Tehran, May 22, IRNAIran’s 12th presidential election, that brought in power incumbent President Hassan Rouhani took place on the same day people voted to choose members of the fifth City and Village Councils.
[Election of street vendor, sweeper to Iran city council raise eyebrows]

* * * A turnout of more than 70 percent caught everybody with surprise across the world, enhancing the prestige of the Islamic Republic as a nation with big public support.
In Iran, however, in addition to the presidential election, what gave the people a bit of shock was when the results of the City and Village Councils were announced.
A street vendor and a street sweeper were chosen as city council members, in Khorramabad, west of Iran, and Rasht, in the northern part of the country, respectively.
Sixty-year-old, university graduate Valliollah Rostami Nejad, from Khorramabad, who has been working as a street vendor for along time was chosen to the city council while his electoral campaign lacked any kind of conventional methods used by his rivals to win votes; He only had a small banner to introduce himself, using a face-to-face method to approach and engage with people on the streets to tell them what he wants to do for the city as a council member.
“I want to serve the people, this is high on my agenda and I will make any sacrifice to serve the public,” Rostami Nejad said.
“If one is not capable of doing a job , he or she should quit it,” he said.
Forty-two-year old Mohammad Hassan Alipour was the other candidate of the City and Village Council election that raised eyebrows in the northern city of Rasht following election.
Holding a B.A. degree in Public Relations, Alipour has been elected as one of the 11 members of the city council.
He has been working as a street sweeper for the past 17 years, and similar to his colleague from Khorramabad, he has not splashed out right and left to win votes.
Alipour lives in a rented apartment with his wife and son.
---Tehran, May 22, IRNA – Iran’s 12th presidential election, that brought in power incumbent President Hassan Rouhani took place on the same day people voted to choose members of the fifth City and Village Councils. ---
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