Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference in Shanghai. (photo credit:REUTERS)
JPost By: Reuters
The current parliament is dominated by hard-line allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
DUBAI – Moderate candidates allied to President Hassan Rouhani came out strongest in a second round of parliamentary elections in Iran, unofficial results showed on Saturday, but they appeared unlikely to win an overall majority.
Iranians voted on Friday for 68 seats where no candidate had won decisively in the first round, held in February. Rouhani’s allies made significant gains in the first round, ending conservative dominance of the 290-seat assembly.
Unofficial results compiled by Iranian news agencies suggested moderate candidates won around 30 of the 68 seats in the second round, with the rest split between conservatives and independents.
The current parliament is dominated by hard-line allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But moderates won all 30 seats representing Tehran in the first round of elections. Gains by Rouhani’s allies outside Tehran were more limited in the first round.