Minister: Iranian reformists achieve huge wins in two elections

Reformist candidates won all 30 parliamentary seats in Tehran outright, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli confirmed on Monday, saying that no run-off votes would be necessary in the Iranian capital.

The minister did not announce results for the remaining 260 seats outside Tehran, where it is difficult to determine the political opinions of candidates, who are often not well-known. Since there is also no classical party system in Iran to help position provincial candidates' political attitudes, it is still difficult to tell if reformers won parliamentary elections at a national level.

In another vote also held on Friday, reformers were in the lead in elections to Iran's Assembly of Experts, a theological and political body whose responsibilities including appointing the country's Supreme Leader.

Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and President Hassan Rowhani secured a seat each in the race for the 16 seats representing Tehran, the Interior Ministry said.

Of three hardliner contenders, only Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati obtained a seat, scraping in at 16th place, with the remainder going to members aligned with the reformists.

The results greatly reduce the influence of the ultra-conservative clergy. The 16 seats representing the capital are the most influential of the 88-seat body, which does not get involved with day-to-day political topics but does choose the leadership.

The results were anticipated as an indication of Iranians' support for their reformist president who limited the country's nuclear programme to obtain the lifting of Western sanctions against it.

Last update: Mon, 29/02/2016 - 19:11
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