Iran: Regime-aligned MP Fatemeh Rahbar dies from coronavirus
BREAKING: Iranian lawmaker Fatemeh Rahbar died from the coronavirus, a week after the Islamic Parliament was closed until further notice due to the virus outbreak among tens of MPs and an undisclosed number of regime officials.
Rahbar, a regime-aligned MP from Teheran, was included in the country’s official toll of 124 deaths from the virus, given on Friday.
According to sources inside Iran, the death toll is higher than the figures being reported by the health ministry.
On March 2, Iran reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a member of the Expediency Council, intended to resolve disputes between Parliament and the Guardian Council, a governmental body that vets electoral candidates, among other duties.
One of the country’s top clerics, Hadi Khosroshahi, also died last week after he contracted the sickness.
Iran’s first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, are among dozens of MPs and officials who are infected with the virus.
Iran has sought to distract from the crises by claiming that the coronavirus is some kind of Israeli-American conspiracy against it and alleged that western media exaggerates the extent of the virus, while people are seen dying in the streets.