Iran starts voting ...
nominally independent candidates and minorities sharing others – meant no faction won a majority. The outcome of the second round could potentially change that.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged strong turnout and has said that Friday’s voting is no less important than the first round.
Mohammad Reza Aref, leader of the reformist proRouhani List of Hope, has set a target of at least another 40 seats in the 290- seat parliament.
Gains for the president’s allies would make legislative reforms more likely.
However, if conservatives perform more strongly amid concern over the nuclear deal – Iranian officials including Khamenei have complained that the United States is not honouring its commitments – Rouhani’s hopes for a more progovernment parliament could founder.
Although the conservatives went backwards two months ago, they have not changed tracks; keeping up pressure over what they say is a silent agenda among reformists to give up the principles of the 1979 Islamic revolution.— AFP