People's Voice (Iran)

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Voice of Nation Coalition
ائتلاف صدای ملت
Leader Ali Motahari
Spokesperson Hamid Reza Katouzian[1]
Founded February 6, 2012; 6 years ago (2012-02-06)[1]
Split from United Front of Principlists[1]
Ideology Moderation[2][3]
Social conservatism[1]
Liberal legalism[1]
National affiliation Principlists[1]
Colors          Gold and Indigo[3]
  • Persian: صدای ملت، خانه ملت‎ "Nation's Voice, Nation's House" (2012)
  • Persian: مجلس بهتر با مشارکت بيشتر‎ "A Better Parliament with Higher Turnout" (2016)[4]
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The People's Voice, Nation's Voice or Voice of Nation Coalition[5] (Persian: ائتلاف صدای ملت‎) was an electoral list for Iranian 2012 and 2016 legislative elections, led by Ali Motahari.

Political stance[edit]

The list was originally called "Government Critics Front" (Persian: جبهه منتقدین دولت‎), as their stance was against Ahmadinejad Government for 2012 election. It was later renamed as People's Voice.[1]

The group is self-proclaimed principlist, as it states in a statement published February 2012 it is "proud to be affiliated with the principlism, although we are critical of some principlists".[1] It has been described as a "a slate of moderate conservatives"[3] and "a moderate conservative tendency which includes dissident deputies campaigning on a more reformist platform, stressing the rights of the people and freedom of speech within the constitution".[2] According to Anoushiravan Ehteshami, the group is a "parliamentary list of middle-of-the-road conservatives... which tried to form a bridge between the two poles [i.e. Reformists and Principlists]".[5]

The group's leader, Ali Motahari believes that there are shortcomings in both principlist and reformist camps and has called for the removal of the “artificial wall” between the two.[3]

Their lists features a combination of reformist and principlist candidates.[6]

The group has been a supporter of Government of Hassan Rouhani and the nuclear talks.[6]

People's Voice posters consist of stylized pictures of constitutional MP Hassan Modarres.[4][7]

Election results[edit]


Election Exclusive seats +/− Ref
1 / 290 (0.3%)
Steady [8][a]
11 / 290 (4%)
Increase 10 [9]

Tehran City Council[edit]

Election Seats +/− Ref
8 / 31 (26%)
Steady [10]


  1. ^ One candidate is exclusive (Ali Motahari), One is shared with Reformists Front (Alireza Mahjoub) and two are shared with both United Front of Principlists and Resistance Front of Islamic Iran lists.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "فهرست صدای ملت چیست و چگونه شکل گرفت؟". Khabar Online. 12 April 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Guide: Iranian parliamentary elections". BBC World. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Katayoun Kishi (February 24, 2016). "Iran's Election Coalitions". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "پوستر "صدای ملت"، با شعار "مجلس بهتر با مشارکت بيشتر"". Khabar Online. 18 February 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Ehteshami, Anoushiravan (2017). "Politics of the Islamic Republic". Iran: Stuck in Transition. The Contemporary Middle East. Taylor & Francis. p. 100–102. ISBN 9781351985451. 
  6. ^ a b Denise Hassanzade Ajiri (February 25, 2016). "An introduction to Iran's parliamentary candidates". Tehran Bureau. The Guardian. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "اسامی کاندیداهای جبهه "صدای ملت"". Khabar Online. 25 February 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "تعداد و درصد گرايش سياسي نمايندگان مجلس نهم". Mizan Online. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "اسامی 290 نماینده مجلس دهم با گرایش سیاسی‌شان/ لیست امید و مستقل‌ها پیروز هر دو مرحله انتخابات شدند", Khabaronline, 30 April 2016, retrieved 30 April 2016 
  10. ^ "لیست صدای ملت برای انتخابات شورای شهر اعلام شد؛ ترکیبی از اصولگرایان و اصلاح‌طلبان". Khabar Online. 15 June 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Electoral lists (in Persian)