Rowhani's reformists clinch victory in Iran run-off polls: reports

Reformist candidates allied with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani emerged victorious on Saturday in parliamentary run-off elections, multiple Iranian media outlets reported.

A coalition of reformists and conservatives received 60 per cent of Friday's vote, repeating the success they saw during the first round of voting in February.

Independent candidates received 10 per cent, while hardline candidates received 30 per cent.

Sixty-eight of the 290 seats in parliament were up for grabs in the elections.

Four female candidates were elected in the second round, adding to the 14 women who were elected in February.

The reformists' coalition with conservatives - who had previously sided with hardline candidates - have swayed the balance of the vote in earlier elections.

Some 17 million Iranians were registered to take part in the vote, which posted a turnout of 59 per cent.

Parliament's next legislative period is due to start on May 28.

With the new balance of power in parliament, observers expect a victory for Rowhani in presidential elections scheduled for May 2017.

With hardliner elites voted out in the parliamentary elections, former hardliner president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been brought forth as a possible candidate to run against Rowhani.

"We'll see each other - God willing - in 2017," he told followers during a meeting at the beginning of the month, according to news website Alef.

Last update: Sat, 30/04/2016 - 14:20

More from World

Trudeau faces ethics probe over vacation on Aga Khan's private island

Canada's ethics watchdog is investigating whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated his own conflict of...

King's son visits Trump after his sharp words with civil rights icon

President-elect Donald Trump met Monday with the son of slain civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King to...

Eight Egyptian police killed in attack on desert checkpoint

Eight Egyptian policemen were killed and three others wounded in an attack by gunmen Monday on a checkpoint in the...

Last man on the moon, US astronaut Gene Cernan, dies

The US astronaut Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to leave footprints on the moon, has died at the age of 82, the US...

Plague kills at least 27 in Madagascar

At least 27 people in southern Madagascar have died from the plague, health authorities on the island said Monday....