Ayatollah Khamenei loyalists win Iran elections

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Ayatollah Khamenei loyalists win Iran elections

Loyalists of Iran's Clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei won three quarters of seats in the national parliament, strengthening religious leader's political influence at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose supporters – including his sister, Parvin – suffered major loses.

Ahmadinejad, who has recently challenged the supreme authority of Khamenei in the hierarchy of the Islamic Republic is reduced to a lame duck in a country where religious power...

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