Iranian Students Protest Annulment of Reformist Win in Central Iran
Dozens of Iranian students from the central city of Arak demonstrated in front of Parliament Sunday to protest the annulment of a reformist candidate's win in run-off legislative elections, reported The Associated Press.
The Guardian Council, which oversees elections, overturned the election of reformist Rahman Kargosha on Thursday and awarded his seat to his hard-line rival Hassan Moradi on the grounds of "vote-rigging" in Kargosha's favor, the agency said.
The election for Iran's parliament, or Majlis, was held on February 18th.
Run-off elections took place in April.
Reformist allies of President Mohammad Khatami won about three-quarters of the 290 seats, seizing control of the powerful parliament from hard-liners for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, said AP.
The Guardian Council has repeatedly been accused of tampering with the votes to boost hard-liners.
The outcome of the elections has intensified a power struggle between reformists allied with Khatami and his program of social and political reforms, and Islamic hard-liners trying to cling to power, according to the agency - Albawaba.com
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