Second Round of Election in Iran Underway
The polling stations opened Friday in 52 towns in Iran for the second round of general elections, Iran radio reported, with reformers staggering from a right-wing backlash after February's first round in which they crushed conservatives.
A total 132 candidates representing the two factions are standing. The 11,010 polling stations were to remain open from 9 a.m. (0430 GMT) to 7 p.m. (1430 GMT).
The seats remain to be decided after the first round in February in which reformist supporters of the president, Mohammad Khatami, won a clear victory.
The BBC correspondent in Iran says that without the run-off seats - and others still being decided in Tehran - the new reformist parliament would not have had a quorum and would not have been able to sit.
He says some hardliners favored that scenario - but the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, played a key role in insisting the second round should take place.
Voting is taking place in 52 constituencies to elect 66 deputies to the Iranian parliament -the Majlis- which has 290 seats.
The vote was being organized by 150,000 officials while 30,000 police were looking after the security of the polling stations, the interior ministry said – (Several Sources)
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