Iran elections: Reformists on track to repeat success in run-off votes

Published April 30th, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
An Iranian woman holds a child to help her cast her ballot as she votes in the second round of parliamentary elections in Robat Karim, some 40 kms southwest of Tehran, on April 29, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
An Iranian woman holds a child to help her cast her ballot as she votes in the second round of parliamentary elections in Robat Karim, some 40 kms southwest of Tehran, on April 29, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Reformists in Iran are leading in run-off parliamentary elections, according to the first projections, and appear on course to repeat their success from the first round.

Sixty-eight of the 290 seats in the parliament were up for grabs in the vote which took place on Friday.

The coalition of reformists and conservatives could together win over half of the seats, first results indicated.

The first round of voting in February saw a victory for reformist candidates allied with President Hassan Rowhani against hardliners.

The reformists' coalition with conservatives - who had previously sided with hardline candidates - have swayed the balance of the vote in these elections.

Official results will be announced later Saturday.

Some 17 million Iranians were registered to take part in the vote. The next legislative period is due to start on May 28.

By Farshid Motahari


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