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Female candidates who ran in Iran's elections last week are now confronting disappointment after far fewer women made it into the new parliament than they had hoped.

Only 14 women have secured a seat in parliament, with nine more facing runoffs in April, Iran's Interior Ministry spokesman and head of election headquarters Mohammed Hassan Moghimi said Wednesday.

Although the result means five more women have made it into parliament than in the previous election, the candidates had hoped to gain 30 per cent of the 290 seats.

If all nine women facing runoffs are successful, the number of women in parliament would total 23, meaning female representation in Iran's parliament would remain at less than 10 per cent.

A total of 221 candidates were directly elected after they reached the 25 per cent mark, leaving 69 seats contested in the runoffs.

Iran's hardliners were able to hold their ground in several provinces.

President Hassan Rowhani's reformers succeeded in securing all 30 seats in the key constituency of Tehran, ousting several well-known hardliners from parliament, including leading candidate Gholam Ali Hadad Adel.

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