Gains for reformists in Iran


Former Iranian vice president and the head of the reformist candidates for the parliamentary election, Mohammad Reza Aref (C) casts his vote in the parliamentary and Experts Assembly election at a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, Iran, 26 February 2016. Nearly 55 million voters will elect on 26 February the representatives out of 6,229 candidates competing for 290 parliamentary seats, in addition to choosing 88 members out of 161 clerics for the Assembly of Experts, the body responsible for electing a new supreme leader in case the post becomes vacant.

Gains for reformists in Iran

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his reformist allies won a convicing victory on Friday.


With over 90% of the votes counted on Sunday, it appears that President Rouhani and his allies have secured all 30 parliamentary seats in Tehran, which often determines political momentum. Reformers did less well in the regions and other major urban centers.

The pro-Rouhani reformers appear to have secured 30% (79 seats) of the vote, independents 20% (44 seats) and hardline Ayatollah...

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