Rouhani al­lies win Iran elec­tions sec­ond round

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN—Re­formist and mod­er­ate politi­cians al­lied with Iran’s Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani won most seats in sec­ond round par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, lo­cal me­dia re­ported Satur­day.Un­of­fi­cial and in­com­plete re­sults said that of the 68 seats be­ing con­tested at least 33 had gone to the pro-Rouhani List of Hope, with con­ser­va­tives gain­ing 21 more MPs.

The sec­ond bal­lot to com­plete a new 290-seat par­lia­ment took place Fri­day be­cause ini­tial polls on Fe­bru­ary 26 did not pro­duce clear win­ners in the 68 seats.

Ac­cord­ing to Fars news agency, close to the con­ser­va­tives, 33 seats went to the Rouhani al­lies — 31 re­formists and two mod­er­ates— while only 21 seats were taken by the con­ser­va­tive coali­tion.

The re­main­ing 14 seats went to in­de­pen­dents, the re­port said. An­other con­ser­va­tive news agency, Tas­nim, said proRouhani al­lies of mod­er­ates and re­formists had gained 35 seats so far.

Rouhani’s al­lies made huge gains in the first round of elec­tions, on Fe­bru­ary 26, when vot­ers drove many con­ser­va­tives out of the par­lia­ment. Re­sults from Fri­day’s sec­ond bal­lot will de­cide who has the most power when law­mak­ers are sworn in next month.—AFP

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