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Reformists leading in Iran parliament vote

Reformists And Moderate Conservatives Are Leading In The Race For Parliament According To Early Election Results, An Indication President Hassan Rouhani May Face A More Friendly House To Pursue His Domestic Agenda.

PTI | Updated on: 27 Feb 2016, 09:14:51 AM


Reformists and moderate conservatives are leading in the race for parliament according to early election results, an indication President Hassan Rouhani may face a more friendly house to pursue his domestic agenda.

Early returns this morning from yesterday’s parliamentary polls show that none of the three competing political factions will win a majority alone in the 290-seat parliament but reformists seeking greater democratic changes are heading to win their strongest presence in parliament since 2004 at the expense of hard-liners.

Officials are yet to release early results but reports in the semiofficial Fars and Mehr news agencies and a count conducted by The Associated Press show that hard-liners are the main losers of the vote.

Yesterday’s election for Iran’s parliament and a powerful clerical body known as the Assembly of Experts was the first since Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers last year.

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First Published : 27 Feb 2016, 09:06:00 AM